Essay about Indigenous Knowing And Western Knowledge

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Indigenous knowing and western knowledge are in many aspects quite different. As a teacher you need to be aware of these differences and have strategies in place to be able to work with both indigenous and non-indigenous knowing in order for them to have a greater understanding of both. The classroom is one area that it will allow all students so to learn about both ways of knowledge that they will be able to take into all areas of their lives.
The indigenous way of knowing is based on nature, the soul and a connection to the land. It is living knowledge. “It provides the fundamental essence of who we are, how we practice our Lore, how we interact with each other, and how we meet our familial and collective obligations and responsibilities.” (Aborginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, 2009) The way that the aboriginals see knowledge is as an all-encompassing experience of the world. It is developed through community, thorough shared experiences.
Westerns view knowledge as knowledge that the world is based on and ruled by law. “Relies on certain laws that have been established through the application of the scientific method to phenomena in the world around us.” (Livingknowledge.anu.edu.au, 2015) Western knowledge is formed around the triangle theory, where you need to have wealth, power, and status to be worthy of education and be able to find knowledge.

It is important to have a sound understanding of both Indigenous knowings and western knowledge…

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