If you're studying this unit in Melbourne, it's delivered in our First Year Model from semester 1, 2018. Instead of juggling four units at once, you'll focus on this one unit across a four-week period.

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.

Unit details

Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
EEC1105

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  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.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Review Summarise state and national Humanities curriculum agendas to produce a teaching statement. (600 words) 30%
Project Plan of action for the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in learning and teaching (1500 words) 50%
Report Integration of Aboriginal and 'TSI' perspectives across the curriculum that communicates and inform children, families and communities (900 words) 20%
Effective word limit of 3000 words in total, or equivalent.

Required reading

University students will be provided with an up-to-date reading list via the VU Collaborate system.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education: An Introduction for the Teaching Profession.
Price, K. (Ed.). (2012).
Cambridge University Press.

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