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This subject provides an introduction to Indigenous education in Australia, and an opportunity to develop the knowledge required to work at the interface between Indigenous and Western knowledge systems. The subject will explore the history of Indigenous education policy in Australia, its global context, and contemporary education issues affecting Indigenous students, families their communities. The subject will develop knowledge of and the ability to engage in education initiatives that support communities, in addition to working with non-Indigenous students and teachers to support anti-racist and decolonizing practices in classrooms, in partnership with communities and in policy development and leadership positions.
On completion, students will be able to demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding of the impact of culture, cultural identity and linguistic background on the education of students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds. They will also be able to demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and languages. A secondary aim of this subject is the development of curriculum and pedagogy skills for teaching non-Indigenous students about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and issues.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding of the impact of culture, cultural identity and linguistic background on the education of students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.
- Demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and languages and the capacity to include Indigenous perspectives and curriculum content in their teaching practices.
- Understand how principles of learning and teaching are able to be adapted to meet the needs of individual students in new educational contexts and support positive educational experiences for Indigenous students, families and communities.
- Communicate and collaborate effectively with other professionals (within other team members and with professionals in host settings); including the capacity to articulate to colleagues the reparative purpose and benefits of teaching Indigenous histories, perspectives and issues to non-Indigenous students.
- Examine a range of issues related to learning and teaching in the context in which the teaching occurred.
- Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions required to commence teaching effectively, including to 1) critically evaluate Indigenous education policies, programs and initiatives and 2) develop anti-racist practices that support people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
This subject will develop the following set of key transferable skills:
- Clinical reasoning and thinking
- Problem solving
- Evidence based decision making
- Creativity and innovation
- Teamwork and professional collaboration
- Learning to learn and metacognition
- Responsiveness to a changing knowledge base
- Reflection for continuous improvement
- Linking theory and practice
- Inquiry and research
- Active and participatory citizenship.
Last updated: 16 March 2020