This learning sequence draws on Aboriginal Pedagogies as a framework for exploring the core context of playbuilding in Stage 5 drama. It is designed as a starting point for teachers to regularly embed Aboriginal perspectives and thinking routines in drama lessons by making explicit connections between Aboriginal processes and systems of learning and approaches to the core component of playbuilding. By embedding this awareness in the everyday culture of the drama classroom, teachers can help students to see relevance and make personal connections with Aboriginal ways of learning, thinking, knowing and doing. Through engagement in drama activities, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students are encouraged to develop empathetic understanding, discover similarities with their own learning routines and recognise the value of Aboriginal learning, thinking, knowing and doing. Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students are encouraged to acknowledge the creative potential and significance of these processes as they engage in playbuilding and reflective activities.
Before using this resource, teachers are encouraged to investigate 8 ways online, explore the ways other school communities have adapted these pedagogies for their unique learning communities, and create their own community links by connecting with and consulting local Aboriginal communities about the learning pedagogies of the land on which they teach and learn. This is outlined in the Partnership Agreement with the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Inc.
In this way, teachers can take responsibility for ensuring a cultural exchange, avoid cultural appropriation and make their students aware of the importance of seeking permissions, following cultural protocols and connecting with community. The map of Indigenous Australia is a useful resource for teachers wishing to explore this process with students. The video, Our Ways – Effective Practice in Aboriginal Education in NSW public schools, is one example of how Aboriginal Pedagogies has been adapted and adopted as a whole school approach to learning.
In this learning sequence students learn the skills of improvisation, playbuilding and reflection as they explore a significant place as stimulus for a piece of original group devised theatre.
8 – 10 weeks