8 Ways Pedagogies - Introduction and Programming
  • 8 Ways of Aboriginal Teaching and Learning were developed from Indigenous research in Western NSW, seeking common ground between Quality Teaching Framework and Aboriginal knowledge systems. 8 Ways focuses on teaching and learning processes rather than content.
  • Program was presented by Wayne Anderson over 2 days. Day one was understanding the theory and practice and day two was programming a unit of work using 8 Ways.
  • I found that it was important to include an aboriginal staff or community member to provide a different perspective when programming, which I did when I planned the overview of the 'Uluru' and the Science and Technology Unit 'How is it Made' using 8 Ways. After collaborating with a aboriginal community leader who is also an adult educator, I was able to ensure my units used 8 Ways Pedagogies effectively.
  • The symbols and lotus proforma were a useful tool when planning the overview.

Things to remember when programming using 8 Ways:

  • What further information or resources will you need to seek in your local community to inform your Aboriginal perspectives in this task?
  • Can you do these things with the topic you have?
  • Yarn and tell stories as a way into the learning.
  • Create a shared image (concrete or visualised) of the pathway the learning is taking.
  • Use non-verbal methods as well – reflection, demonstration, hands-on practical, etc. Encourage non-verbal systems of feedback from students – gestures, facial cues etc.
  • Create visual texts as well as print texts (e.g. mind-maps, diagrams etc.)
  • Locate the knowledge – where it’s from. Connect to country – use natural metaphors from the local landscape to reinforce the learning.
  • Bring together different cultural viewpoints to create a shared metalanguage of what you’re learning. Students co-create the knowledge. Take a roundabout route to learning outcomes. Innovate, create, exchange, adapt, synthesise.
  • Model assessment tasks before expecting students to do them. Balance instruction with independent learning.
  • Always relate content back to local community contexts and find the relevance for the students. Where possible, find ways to make the new knowledge benefit local community through presentations, projects, etc.

Powerpoint presentation

Introduction activities to the course

8 Ways and NSW Quallity Teaching Framework

Programming Tools

Important Links


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