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Unit description

Presents Indigenous voices in the critical analyses of past and current colonial education practices in Australia, in terms of their relationship to Indigenous peoples and Indigenous education models and practices. Focuses include the history of colonial education in Australia, the impact of colonisation on Indigenous teaching and learning, governmental response to Indigenous educational needs and best practice policy making. Students will develop critical analysis and advocacy skills enabling them to engage the discourse around education delivery and practice within Australia and beyond.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction and History
Topic 2: Indigenous History in Western Education
Topic 3: Educational Policy and Philosophy
Topic 4: Current Policy
Topic 5: Socio-Political Issues
Topic 6: Current Issues including Literacy and Numeracy

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1examine the complex manifestations of racism and other factors that impact on an Indigenous Australian student's academic performanceKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
2critique the role of cultural protocols and practices within education, specifically in regard to Indigenous education Knowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
3appraise literacy and numeracy strategies that are designed to address the needs and aspirations of Indigenous learnersIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
4research and critically analyse Government policies that provide innovative frameworks for addressing Indigenous Australian education initiatives, including community-based education.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. examine the complex manifestations of racism and other factors that impact on an Indigenous Australian student's academic performance
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. critique the role of cultural protocols and practices within education, specifically in regard to Indigenous education
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. appraise literacy and numeracy strategies that are designed to address the needs and aspirations of Indigenous learners
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. research and critically analyse Government policies that provide innovative frameworks for addressing Indigenous Australian education initiatives, including community-based education.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Prescribed texts

  • Q Beresford, G Partington, G Gower, 2012, Reform and Resistance in Aboriginal Education, 2nd edn, UWA Publishing, Crawley WA. ISBN: 987-1-74258-389-1.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Essay40%
Annotated bibliography30%
Journal30%
Notice

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Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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International

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