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A Conversation About Indigenous Pedagogy, Neuroscience and Material Thinking

posted on 01.01.2020, 00:00 authored by Tyson YunkaportaTyson Yunkaporta, John Rae, Natalia Bilton
This chapter demonstrates how Indigenous pedagogy can be used in anatomy and physiology education in the tertiary sector. It is proposed that bringing Indigenous pedagogy into tertiary education may increase the engagement of Indigenous students in the first year of university study. Current literature focuses on Indigenous pedagogy applied to primary and secondary education and only one study to date has been published in the tertiary sector. In this chapter, we describe how the 8 Ways of Indigenous Knowing can inform the design of learning activities to support student engagement with anatomy and physiology across a broad range of educational settings. This chapter aims to provide a framework and starting point where academics can foster creativity in their teaching practice and help build on the discourse of Indigenous andragogy in the tertiary education sector.


Title of book

Teaching Aboriginal Cultural Competence


85 - 97



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B1 Book chapter

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2020, Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.


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