Indigenous Science Network

25 October 1998

Here are some descriptions of what other people in the network are doing.


I am Theo Read, a secondary science teacher at Parkdale secondary college in south-eastern Melbourne. My interest in indigenous science started with a twelve month teaching stint at Kormilda College, Darwin, in 1992. This experience served as a catalyst for the Kormilda science project, the intended outcome of which is a culturally inclusive earth science course for middle secondary school. Currently I am on leave trying to complete the project. I expect that I will retain a long term interest in indigenous science curriculum development, with a particular focus on the Gundidjmara culture and country in south west Victoria.


My name is (Susan) Joan Gribble and I have been involved in government education in Western Australian schools for over 30 years. I have been a classroom teacher, deputy principal and principal in primary schools and a superintendent of early childhood education.

Over the last few years I have returned to my studies and completed my Masters degree (by thesis) and am in the final throes of my PhD work. I am a student at the Science and Mathematics Centre (SMEC) at Curtin University of Technology.

All of my educational career has been associated with disadvantaged schools and my thesis is concerned with the effectiveness of schools for students in geographically isolated schools. Most of the students involved in my study are indigenous children living in remote communities, although some are from more urbanised centres.

While I have retired from work in the WA Education Department, I have continued to conduct my own consultancy business. Some of the work I have been involved in recently includes writing (as part of a team from SMEC) the Science Learning Area Statement for the WA Curriculum Framework, writing a document to support classroom teachers implement an outcomes focus approach to assessment, and writing for publication (I hope) a book for administrators to implement First Steps (a WA language program being marketed overseas) in the USA and Britain.

During the week I circulated two articles from the ACEA newsletter, Directions in Education. The second one is an outline of some of what's happening in the USA (not, as I remarked to Glen, Canada).

Do you know of anybody else who might be interested in being on the network. Please let me know, or them know how to contact me.

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