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Australian Association Environmental Education ACT 'Country as Teacher' Workshop

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'Country as Teacher' workshop co-run by PhD student Monty Nixon, and Associate Professor Ben Wilson from the University of Canberra.

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For many Indigenous people of Australia, Country is, and always was, the central knowledge holder. For Millenia, Country taught people how to live in relational reciprocity. This workshop invites you to consider the pedagogic opportunities of reinvigorating a way of knowing, being and doing in the teaching and learning of Environmental Education that honours this old wisdom. In the workshop, we will explore the foundational understanding of a Country as Teacher pedagogy, based on Senior Custodian for Karulkiyalu Country, Damu (Grandfather) Paul Gordon’s re-interpretation of an old way of learning, the 6L’s: Lore, Love, Look & Listen, Learn and Lead, an insight into the growing body of research into the enactment of this approach in schools and how to cultivate a Relating with Country Practice.

A Country as Teacher pedagogy offers all Australians an authentic opportunity to decolonise educational practices and promote a greater understanding of and care for the place in which we live. 

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We acknowledge the Ngunnawal people, Traditional Owners and Custodians of this country and waters on which we live and work and pay our respects to elders past, present and future.

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