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Sea Country Education
Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Sea Country Education is a consultancy service established by Marie Taylor,
to facilitate and develop cultural stories into curriculum. The stories will be presented as Foundation to Year 10 lesson plans, aligning to the Australian Curriculum.
This service has been designed to promote resources for Traditional Ecological Knowledge, to insight imagination and play, learning through the words of Traditional Owners.
Consultancy services are provided to assist Traditional Owner groups and Land and Sea Country Rangers to best develop, promote and portray their cultural activities and accomplishments in Tourism and Sea Country Citizen Science Projects.
Sea Country Education Connections
Knowledge & Expertise
Training and Development
Links to education and
training pathways for Sea Country
Place Based Projects
Sharing culture on place
local community, and tourism
LIVE THE DREAM
Marie Taylor is a Marine Biologist with a Masters of Education for Sustainability. Marie has 20 years’ experience working on the Great Barrier Reef from Lady Elliot Island in the south to Lizard Island in the north. Marie specialises in education, facilitating partnerships with government, the education sector and tourism to promote “place-based learning” pedagogy. Marie has partnered with James Cook University, and the Gunggandji, Djunbunji and Yirrganydji Land and Sea Country Ranger groups in presenting Sea Country education to local and international students
- Masters of Education for Sustainability - James Cook University
- Certificate IV Education, Training and Assessment - TAFE Queensland
- First Nations Cross-Cultural Competency Training - CQU
- BSc. Marine Science - University of QLD
- BSc. Protected Area Management- University of QLD
- Dive Master – PADI
- Senior First Aid – Advanced First Responder
- Positive Notice Blue Card
- Delegate - World Environmental Education Congress 2017 & 2019
- Excellent knowledge of education frameworks, and curriculum pedagogy initiatives relating to the Australian Curriculum
- Creation, design, and delivery of “place based projects” for sustainability and innovation on the Great Barrier Reef
- Partnerships, mentoring, and training for Indigenous education
- Designed the first MOU in reef tourism, for the Dawul Wuru Aboriginal Corporation
- Working with MARS Sustainable Solutions on Assisted Reef Restoration projects Indonesia, community connections and education
- Member of the GBRMPA Local Marine Advisory Committee Cairns
- Academic author - James Cook University Centre for Research and Innovation in Sustainability, Connection to Sea Country
Sea Country Projects
Perspectives that reflect individual and community experiences, cultural beliefs, and values. Curriculum acknowledging and connecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ ways of knowing, viewing, and relating to the world. Curriculum designed for local community and place.
Cross Cultural Exchange
Cross cultural education assists students to learn more about themselves through the learning of others. Our world is filled with amazing, diverse people and cultures. Understanding our world, promotes value and respect of other cultures and our own.
Capacity building fosters a sense of ownership and empowerment. Communities can initiate cultural education and language resources for sustainable development. Opportunities to create cultural communication technologies as a platform for traditional ecological knowledge.
Strategies for Engaging Culture
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are rich in environmental knowledge and can provide important perspectives when considering the impact of economic decisions on the environment. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples are also a source of sustainability strategies that can contribute to our collective well-being.
Culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people presents a unique view of the world that is distinct from the mainstream. When people are disconnected from culture, this has a deep impact on their sense of identity and belonging, which gives meaning and purpose to people’s lives.
Language is intrinsic to the expression of culture. As a means of communicating values, beliefs, and customs, it has an important social function and fosters feelings of group identity and solidarity.
Keeping culture and language alive at home and in school will reinforce a sense of identity and will build self-esteem among students. Learning and speaking language will enable students more opportunities for studying, working, traveling, and succeeding in their professional life.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives will enhance the educational experiences of non-Indigenous students. It is important to acknowledge and respect each other’s perspectives and new ways of seeing and learning about our world.