The apology, the Aboriginal dimension of Australian history and a national history curriculum : beginning a new chapter?
Henderson, Deborah J. (2008) The apology, the Aboriginal dimension of Australian history and a national history curriculum : beginning a new chapter? QHistory, December, pp. 8-22.
This paper argues that history teachers should draw upon some recent initiatives in 2008, such as the Apology of February 13, the announcement of a national history curriculum and the release of its framing paper, together with the Melbourne Declaration, to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Aboriginal dimension of Australian history in the classroom. It explores the epistemological and heuristic challenges involved in teaching about Indigenous History and links this to an examination of the History Wars. It also offers some potential strategies that might be used in inquiry units on aspects of Indigenous history in the classroom.
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