When selecting texts or lesson materials to explore Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander perspectives, knowledge, or histories, educators should critically analyze the content to ensure that it is culturally appropriate and provides accurate representation.
Five key evaluation criteria are recommended based on the Resource Guide for Aboriginal studies and Torres Strait Islander studies (Published by the Curriculum Corporation)
2. Balanced nature of the presentation
3. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander participation
4. Accuracy and support
5. Exclusion of content of a secret or sacred nature
Based on guidance from UNESCO, the Queensland Museum provides information on inappropriate and appropriate terminology to be aware of when using resources that have Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander content:
Narragunnawali provides a guide to using respectful and inclusive language and terminology.
Authority and Reliability
Audience - who is it intended for?
Information that does not conform to these criteria is not necessarily flawed or unreliable, but you should use it with caution.