EDU80012 Understanding Indigenous Education & Perspectives

Unit code: EDU80012

Duration: 1 Teaching Period

Contact hours: Recommended 12 hours of study per week

This unit focuses on contemporary and historical Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, identity, languages, histories, status, challenges, contributions and perspectives. The unit aims to enable pre-service teachers to synthesise perspectives about Indigenous education and how these can enhance Western education practices. An additional aim is to plan and develop authentic curriculum and pedagogy for teaching Indigenous children and young people, and analyse how Indigenous teaching and learning practices can benefit all children and young people. This knowledge and understanding will improve graduates’ own cultural awareness and knowledge, and contributes to graduates’ cultural competence and promotes culturally inclusive teaching practices based on sensitive and informed relationships.

After successfully completing this unit, students should be able to:

1.     Assess the impact of historical and contemporary events and issues on current educational contexts forIndigenous people.

2.     Analyse how Indigenous education and perspectives aligns with teachers’ professional role as advocates forchildren and their families.

3.     Critically reflect on their own attitudes and values in relation to Indigenous people and how these may affect theirteaching and professional relationships.

4.     Recognise the continuous contributions of Indigenous people and culture in Australian society.

5.     Plan authentic learning experiences that enable all children and young people to learn about Indigenous peopleand perspectives.