Teaching Culture as Social Constructivism

  • Cat Kutay
  • Deirdre Howard-Wagner
  • Lynette Riley
  • Janet Mooney
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7558)


Teaching complex learning domains such as cultural awareness relies on individual perspectives. In this paper we present the process and technology to develop an online system to share multiple experiences of Aboriginal Culture in NSW, Australia within a social-constructivist framework.

The focus of the material is the Kinship system used for thousands of years in this region. This topic exemplifies the knowledge used to maintain societies and provides the setting for social conflict with the non-Aboriginal people who came here in recent history.

We are using stories from the community to augment the learning material. Using innovative web services, teachers can select the stories that are relevant to their course, and link these within a range of scenarios being developed. The scenarios enable students to select the way they relate to the characters, listen to their stories, and become aware of their own role in the community.


Indigenous Knowledge Community Narrative Cultural Awareness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cat Kutay
    • 1
  • Deirdre Howard-Wagner
    • 2
  • Lynette Riley
    • 3
  • Janet Mooney
    • 3
  1. 1.Computer Science and EngineeringThe University of New South WalesAustralia
  2. 2.Dept. of Sociology and Social PolicyUniversity of SydneyAustralia
  3. 3.The Koori CentreUniversity of SydneyAustralia

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