How do you choose appropriate Indigenous Education resources for your classroom?
These are guidelines only. You may find that a resource won’t fit all of the guidelines listed below, but it’s a start to guide your research.
- Authority: Does the author have either cultural or academic authority to speak on the topic presented? It’s important to remember that some knowledge holders may not have academic authority but will definitely have the cultural authority to speak. The reverse is also true – just because someone has a PhD doesn’t mean they have cultural authority.
- Reputation: Does the author/creator have a reputation and/or body of knowledge behind them that points to a reputation? Has the author published academic papers, presented at conferences, or have a blog posts written?
- Diversity of images and voices: Does the text demonstrate a range of voices and images? Many older texts featured very stereotypical images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. It’s vital that our People are featured in a range of roles, including professional and cultural, woman and men, old and young, dark and fair skin, city, regional and remote.
- Currency: Is the text recent or current? Some texts written in the 1980s, while providing strong historical background, are not necessarily up-to-date. The language and terminology we use has continued to evolved over the past three decades since the dramatic increase in the creation of texts about and by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
- Copyright, Intellectual Property and Cultural Intellectual Property: Does the author recognise the Intellectual Property of Traditional Knowledge? In the past, traditional knowledge was often collected by either academics or enthusiasts, that was then published with no reference to the original knowledge holders. It’s important to choose texts that recognise the traditional IP of knowledge holders.
- Age appropriate: Choose texts that are relevant for the age group that you’re working with.
Can you think of other criteria that we should use?