"…it is not just a game": connecting with culture through traditional Indigenous games

Dinan Thompson, Maree, Meldrum, Kathryn, and Sellwood, Juanita (2014) "…it is not just a game": connecting with culture through traditional Indigenous games. American Journal of Educational Research, 2 (11). pp. 1015-1022.

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Traditional Indigenous Games (TIGs) have been played in Indigenous Australian communities as a means of teaching children life skills as well as a general leisure pursuit. This paper presents the findings of a small study in one north Queensland public school, Australia, where school students engaged in TIG through their physical education (HPE) classes. Twelve regional games were introduced to students in years five and six. They were played in HPE classes with a focus on inclusivity and gaining an understanding of culture. A culminating TIG carnival was also conducted. Students reported that playing the games and participating in the carnival was a positive experience. All students described the nature of the games in traditional communities, not only as a means of teaching children life skills but as community social practice. Students' participation resulted in enhanced cultural knowledge and cultural significance.

Item ID: 37620
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2327-6150
Keywords: traditional indigenous games, connecting with culture, teaching children life skills
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Copyright Information: © 2013 Science and Education Publishing. All Rights Reserved. This article is open access via the publisher's website.
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2015 00:58
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130210 Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 50%
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