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Keynote Speakers 2018

Jade Kennedy

Indigenising STEM Curriculum: An example from Yuin Country...

To date, the embedding of Indigenous knowledges and perspectives has traditionally followed non-Indigenous approaches to the process. This story however presents an alternate approach... an Aboriginal approach... that privileges traditional Aboriginal knowledges and knowledge systems to engage students in a STEM learning journey. Utilising Country as the knowledge holder, STEM concepts, knowledges and perspectives are shared through the building of knowledge-based relationships and cultural experiences.
This Keynote is the sharing of the personal journey of co-designing curriculum with community, delivering knowledge with knowledge holders, and evaluating this walk with Elders.

Jade Kennedy is a Yuin man from the Illawarra and South Coast of NSW. He has been privileged with the intimate knowledges of his peoples customs, culture and Country and for the past 17 years Jade has worked with in various roles at the University of Wollongong and the Department of Education. The coming together of these two worlds for Jade has resulted in his focusing on incorporating and embedding of Aboriginal knowledges and perspectives within tertiary education curriculum. Jade is also currently undertaking a PhD exploring the Aboriginal approaches to situating knowledges and perspectives in Country.


Dr Kaye Price

An Aboriginal women whose career has been as a teacher, policy maker, manager, consultant and researcher on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education issues, including curriculum development. (More info coming soon).


Dr Cass Hunter

Dr Cass Hunter is a Kuku Yalanji and Torres Strait Islander woman.  Her research interests are interdisciplinary and broadly focused on the development of participatory tools to support sustainable livelihoods and ecosystems.  She is an Indigenous social ecological research scientist with CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere.  She commenced a PhD in Hobart based on ecosystem based fisheries modelling. Upon completion of her PhD, she helped develop a participatory tool for visualising future impact to wellbeing.  Part of this research involved developing predictive and participatory tools for linking human-ecology systems based on the nexus between ecosystem services modelling and participatory adaptation planning.  Her current research focuses on improving Torres Strait Islander access to, and interpretation of the vast amount of environmental information collected in the region.  The central focus of the research is to increase learning about how science outputs can be collated, designed, communicated, stored and retrived in ways that are useful to communities. She is interested in making research more inclusive, accessible, and relevant for our communities.  Sharing her experiences and lessons learnt is an important part of her engagement role.



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