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Understanding Indigenous Education & Perspectives

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: EDU80012

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 12 hours of study per week

About this unit

This unit builds and strengthens students’ understanding and application of knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, identity, languages, histories, status, challenges, place-based pedagogies, contributions and perspectives in education settings.

In particular, the unit facilitates deeper thinking when exploring and critically analysing key policies and curriculum documents that have shaped pedagogical approaches and content over time. Students will be exposed to the socio-political histories and deliberate how methods in the current frameworks connect traditional and contemporary perspectives from Aboriginal peoples leading to stronger cultural awareness and designing an authentic and meaningful curriculum.


  • Policy, curriculum and positioning of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in educational contexts.
  • Students will navigate complexities of history and contemporary pedagogical approaches where they will critically locate curriculum frameworks, identify and engage educational resources and learn to articulate socially just philosophy and pedagogical approaches. Students will investigate
  • Place-based pedagogies
  • Authentic, responsive and meaningful curriculum and learning opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
  • Educational resources

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