Indigenous Ways of Learning

At Tranby, we teach through culture. Our approach to learning has evolved over time as students’ needs and aspirations have changed.

Today, our trainers and staff foster learning environments that cultivate creativity and deep learning, by weaving traditional Aboriginal learning methods into our teaching practice.

Yunkaporta, T 2012, 8 ways Aboriginal Pedagogy from Western NSW. WNSW Dept Education and Training, NSW, Australia. See more here.

Indigenous Ways of Learning

Indigenous Ways of Learning was developed and made visual in 2019, with the assistance of Dr Tyson Yunkaporta, a member of the Apalech clan (West Cape). At its heart, Yunkaporta’s work demonstrates that Aboriginal perspectives do not come through studying Aboriginal content but, rather, from learning through Aboriginal processes. His work guides our approach and underpins how we teach through culture.

CIRCULAR LEARNING

Our unique circular-design classrooms were inspired by campfire learning circles, where everyone is included equally. These rooms encourage both students and trainers to share knowledge with the group and demonstrate a side-by-side, circular approach to knowledge sharing, distinct from top-down knowledge structures.

Tranby’s greatest strength is its legacy of strong community support, learning and cultural sharing. Our classrooms help us share this history and continue our ancestors’ rich cultural learning practices that have been developed and applied for over 65,000 years.

Culture in Classrooms

Culture is at the heart of everything we do. It has been central to our strong history of social and political action, and it is crucial for the way we serve Community.

Tranby teaches about culture through our Applied Aboriginal Studies course and will soon offer Cultural Competency training to non-Indigenous peoples.

This pedagogical approach ensures that culture and community are at the core of what we do, and it instils pride and responsibility for Community in our alumni.

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