Science: New Australian Curriculum Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Secondary Elaborations

6th May, 2020 @ 9:00 am


06/05/2020 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Educators and teachers will share how student learning of scientific concepts in the secondary years can be enriched by embedding perspectives from the First Australians.


This workshop is designed to provide teachers with an overview of the new ACARA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elaborations for Years 7, 8, 9 and 10. As part of this workshop, teachers will have an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of some of the elaborations and how they can be integrated into the Science curriculum. There are 49 new elaborations for Years 7 to 10 making a total of 53 in the refined Science curriculum. We will share resources that will support teachers with the content knowledge and then focus in depth on a small number so that there are opportunities to consider how the concepts behind these Science activities can be integrated into learning designs.


“The elaborations acknowledge that Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have worked scientifically for millennia and continue to contribute to contemporary science. They are scientifically rigorous, demonstrating how Indigenous history, culture, knowledge and understanding can be incorporated into teaching core scientific concepts”. (ACARA 2018)


The refined Science curriculum now has 108 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elaborations, an increase of 95. These elaborations demonstrate the connection between the core Science concepts and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures. The elaborations are spread over the three interrelated fields of the Science curriculum: Science Understanding, Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Inquiry Skills.



Uncle Tamaru Smith
Monica Williams, AISSA
Nahla Baroudi, Westminster School
Michael Keough, Encounter College
Adam Pfeiffer, Encounter College


Target Group

Directors of Learning, Science Teachers of Years 7 to 10.

There is no on-site parking available.  For parking options please refer to the parking map.  Tram stop #1 Greenhill Road is a 6-minute walk away.

For registration enquiries please contact Rae Dawkins.



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