The overall goal of this unit is the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, places and perspectives in early and middle years education through the acknowledgement of the past and present in order to value the wealth and diversity of our shared future. This unit aims to develop understanding for the cultures, histories and languages of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and to use this knowledge in the promotion of reconciliation. You will develop an understanding of the long history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies and cultures as well as their more recent history over the past 200 years. This includes developing an awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and knowledge sources. A second perspective is to examine current issues in Australian society for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders such as cultural identities, contemporary cultures, linguistic backgrounds and education. Thirdly, you will consider the teaching and learning implications of these, examining ways to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in education across the early and middle years, and develop strategies for inclusion to effectively meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders children. This unit will increase your awareness of relevant international, national and local jurisdictional educational priorities and policies that impact upon Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children's education and the support that is available.
|1.||Investigate traditional views of Humanities in order to understand Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives;|
|2.||Explain the professional complexities in including Indigenous perspectives when educating children and articulate a standpoint of practice that negotiates these complexities;|
|3.||Review curriculum materials and resources in order to identify approaches and strategies that support the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in education with a view to promoting reconciliation in today's society; and|
|4.||Develop an understanding of the literacy and numeracy demands of education in the Humanities.|
|Review||Summarise state and national Humanities curriculum agendas to produce a teaching statement (600 words)||20%|
|Project||Plan of action for the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in learning and teaching (900 words)||30%|
|Essay||Integration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives across the curriculum and develop strategies to inform children (1500 words)||50%|
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