Unit aim

Presents a diversity of Indigenous voices within the wider discourse on education in Australia. Past and current colonial education practices in Australia are critically analysed, especially 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 processes, governmental response to Indigenous educational needs and the process of best practice education policy making. Students will develop critical analysis and advocacy skills that will enable them to engage the discourse around education delivery and practice within Australia and beyond.

Unit content

Focus topics for this unit, including an introduction and overview:

  • Indigenous values and philosophies in education
  • History of invasion of Indigenous education
  • Socio-political realities
  • Policies and programs
  • Best practice: Case studies

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Beresford, Q, Partington, G & Gower, G, 2012, Reform and Resistance in Aboriginal Education, UWA Publishing, Crawley, WA. ISBN: 9781742583891.

Session 3

  • Beresford, Q, Partington, G & Grower, G, 2012, Reform and Resistance in Aboriginal Education, UWA Publishing, Crawley, WA. ISBN: 9781742583891.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Lismore

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (Week 1)
Workshop on-site 3 hours (6 weeks)
Self-directed project 3 hours (6 weeks)
Assessment
Annotated bibliography30%
Exam: take home30%
Essay40%

Online

Teaching method
Structured online learning 1.5 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Annotated bibliography30%
Exam: take home30%
Essay40%
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