All in all, I assisted in putting the power point presentation into a coherent group presentation. In addition, my role was to do complete the dot point that stated the task to ‘provide a brief suggestion for how this topic would be implemented in a classroom context’. This required research and the development of ideas on how the topic of Indigenous Australians could be implemented and integrated into the classroom setting.
The experience in this group field visit work was, all in all, a positive experience. A primary reason is that, the experience allowed me to develop my negotiation skills, especially as group works often require members to negotiate with each other. Through the visit, as a student, I was able to gain hands-on experience and better understanding of indigenous Australians. More specifically, it allowed me to understand deeply the Indigenous Australians culture and lifestyle, especially where the resources for their daily lives were shown.
The most significant professional and pedagogical learning that I have gained from the group field work is on the knowledge I was able to gain about this unique group of people. In other words, I was able to see what the Indigenous Australians’ way of life was. It allowed me to gain knowledge on their creation. For instance, I was able to see how the woven baskets they used served multiple purposes – in carrying their food and in some instances, their babies. Also, the most significant learning from the group was that due to each member’s research and information gathering, I was able to gain a functional understanding of the different equipment they used to survive, for instance, the New South Wales shield. In addition, my experience allowed me to also gain information on how the Indigenous Australians were influenced by the Europeans. This was clearly apparent on the items seen in the Australian Museum, including the shield (Australian Museum, 2012).