Teacher background information


Year 10 Science Content Description

Science Inquiry Skills


Critically analyse the validity of information in primary and secondary sources and evaluate the approaches used to solve problems (ACSIS206 - Scootle )

  • acknowledging the need to critically analyse scientific literature for potential cultural bias towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

This elaboration provides students with an opportunity to develop this core Science Inquiry Skill whilst addressing intercultural science inquiry skills relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures within the context of the following content description(s) from the Science Understanding and/or Science as a Human Endeavour strand(s). 

Scientific understanding, including models and theories, is contestable and is refined over time through a process of review by the scientific community (ACSHE191) 

A potential way to approach this content description is: 

Students can review anthropological misinformation regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in historical scientific publications. Common theories students may encounter, now invalidated, are polygenism, eugenism and scientific Darwinism.