The i-Guide Project – Reflections on Griffith University’s involvement in the iDream Challenge

Year: 2015

Author: Sammel, Alison, Whatman, Susan

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in our region (South East) represent 8.5% of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in Queensland state schools (February, 2014 data collection, DETE). Whilst many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education projects are geared towards rural and remote, this project captures a significant cohort of students in urban and urban fringe areas. The identified region accounts for some of the lowest socio-economic areas in and around Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Two schools from our catchment have been profiled in the low SES National Partnership schools (Woodridge State High School and Durack Primary School).

The i-GUide project describes best practices and lessons learnt from Griffith University’s involvement with School communities within this South East Queensland region participating in Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment’s iDream Challenge. The iDream Challenge was designed to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives within schools. As stated at the iDream homepage:

I DREAM Challenge continues to support the implementation of Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspective in Schools (EATSIPS) by building student capacity to achieve their dreams, by working in teams to develop skills such as resilience, persistence, creativity, confidence, goal setting and team building while participating in challenges with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective.

For 4 years, two academics from Griffith University’s Education and Professional Studies organised the Science and HPE challenge for the iDream project. Students were given specific challenges (questions) and were asked to create an audio and visual resource linking to South-Eastern Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in response.

This paper and presentation will discuss the findings of the i-GUide project that explores best practices and lessons learnt from iDream challenges set by Griffith University, and each school’s response. Specifically, discussions will focus the criteria set for each challenge and how each school community addressed each of these criteria:

1. Appropriate Community Elder permission to use terminology and Indigenous knowledge from your local area/country;
• Identifying relevant information, include definitions and drawing conclusions from Western science and Indigenous knowledges of your topic;
• Analysing of this blended information to develop a visual display using a relevant iPad application, such as Doodle Buddy or similar (your choice); and
• Credits of who completed what aspects of the challenge - everyone who participated, including community permissions and any other production credits or thanks. You are showing evidence of community permission and participation in your total challenge.