Aboriginal Inquiry: Lifting All Learners

An Impact Assessment of the Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network (AESN)

2.2.1 Aboriginal pedagogy

Aboriginal approaches to teaching and learning vary from the traditional notion of ‘pedagogy’ usually described in teaching and learning literature. An Aboriginal view of pedagogy goes beyond strategies, methods or approaches to promising practice and embraces the epistemological and philosophical beliefs of Indigenous peoples that guide cultural practices (Hodgson-Smith, 2000). It seeks to educate the mind, heart and spirit in a holistic manner (Archibald, 2008). And teachers—both Indigenous and non-Indigenous—can be transformed by their immersion in these embodied approaches to the teaching and learning relationship (Tanaka et al, 2007).