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AITSL Professional Standards support teachers to improve all aspects of their teaching at every stage of their career, both inside and outside of the classroom. AITSL Professional Standards relate to all Catholic education students, and the following three standards specifically link to a Culturally Responsive Pedagogy for Aboriginal students.

  • 1.3 Demonstrate knowledge of teaching strategies that are responsive to the learning strengths and needs of students from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • 1.4 Demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding of the impact of culture, cultural identity and linguistic background on the education of students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.
  • 2.4 Demonstrate broad knowledge of, understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and languages.

A Culturally Responsive Pedagogy understands the cultural context of students and responds accordingly for the benefit of all. An enacted curriculum, including teaching practice, must demonstrate links between school and the everyday realities of Indigenous peoples’ life practices, histories and cultures.

Ignoring these linkages, connections and differences and treating all students as equal creates a 'pedagogy of indifference' and will continue to prevent marginalised students from accessing the cultural capital that is rewarded within mainstream education.

Contact the Aboriginal Education Team

for your next PLC to explore these concepts further as with your entire staff.