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This subject provides Master of Teaching students interested in teaching in either regional or remote areas of Australia with an opportunity to develop expertise in working with Indigenous students and community.
The subject includes both on-campus teaching and professional practice. The professional practice component takes in a two-week experience of living in and working with community and occurs outside semester time. The on-campus teaching component involves development of knowledge and skills through group and shared learning experiences, including engagement with the research literature, planning delivery of educational programs to meet students’ needs and discussion of assessment prior to and post-experience.
As placement numbers and sites will vary year to year, there will be a call for expressions of interest and a selection process in Semester 1. Students are required to fund a portion of the cost of travel and accommodation. Further information is available from the subject coordinator.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Deepen their insights into the characteristics and educational challenges and aspirations associated with Indigenous community settings;
- Learn strategies for building strong relationships between schools, parents, students and community;
- Develop a deeper understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories, languages and knowledges;
- Develop an understanding of colonization and its effects on community and in education;
- Build their professional capacity in relation to being responsive to Indigenous community;
- The capacity to draw on placement experience to reflect on educational philosophies, values and practices; and
- An ability to examine a range of issues related to learning and teaching in the context in which the teaching occurred.
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: 29 April 2020