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ISSUE 1 November 2009


What Works: Core Issues 3: Literacy for Success at School
Explores questions about what it means to develop genuinely effective literacy. This paper is structured to set up some propositions for consideration, to test some customary thinking about solutions and, finally, to flesh out the answer. The ‘Core issues’ series is an attempt to distil some topic-based key directions for practical action.
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What Works. The Work Program: Core Issues 4 Numeracy
What do we know about the performance of Indigenous students in numeracy? What is numeracy anyway? How is it defined, and why is it important? What sorts of teaching strategies are likely to be effective with Indigenous students? What resources have proven value? These are some of the questions tackled in this paper.
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Numeracy in Indigenous Contexts
In this article from the Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom vol. 13 no. 4 (2008) Bob Perry and Peter Howard discuss the development of teaching and learning strategies designed to enhance Aboriginal students' mathematical learning outcomes. The focus was on building specific mathematical skills in measuring, mapping, enlarging, estimating, using compasses, and understanding volume and fractions in the middle years.
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PrimaryConnections: Linking science with literacy
The PrimaryConnections Indigenous perspective framework is based on national research findings and acknowledges peoples’ differing worldviews. It aims to accelerate science and literacy learning outcomes for Indigenous students. The framework includes: a teaching and learning guide; curriculum unit links to relevant Indigenous perspectives; and a professional learning module to support teachers’ development and implementation of relevant, contextualised curriculum with embedded Indigenous perspectives.
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The Little Red Yellow Black Book
Produced by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), The Little Red Yellow Black Book provides an accessible guide to Indigenous history and contemporary culture. When used as a teaching resource, the book introduces almost all areas required for study in secondary Indigenous Studies curricula throughout Australia, as well as large parts of Australian History and SOSE. The Little Red Yellow Black website provides further information about each theme.
Two links to the resource:
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Dare to Lead

Some thoughts on using the book are also published on the Dare to Lead website
and can be accessed here.


Indigenous Statistics for Schools
The Australian Bureau of Statistics Education Services Unit recently published Indigenous Statistics for Schools on the ABS website. This resource brings together many statistics about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in a format that is useful for teachers and students.
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Interactive age-sex population pyramids for Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations
Available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics Education Services Unit these interactive pyramids are created specifically to assist students to use and understand data, through a simple data visualisation tool. Students can create their own interactive graphs in the Excel files provided and then copy and paste to their own documents.
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