The overall goal of this unit is the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, places and perspectives in compulsory schooling 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. Pre-service teachers will also investigate how previous colonies of the European empires have sought independence, with a focus on post-colonial and Indigenous theorists' descriptions of challenges in decolonising teaching and learning. Considering the key issues of self-determination, sovereignty and the rights pedagogical and curriculum materials that have embedded Indigenous and post-colonial ways of knowing and knowledge
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 teaching across the curriculum, as well as to develop strategies for inclusion to effectively meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in school. This unit also connects with the course learning outcomes of articulating and embodying the ideologies of socially just education through awareness, inclusion, equity and access, as well as critically applying knowledge of educational issues to improve classroom practice and strengthen students' relations with their local community.   

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EED5101 - Epistemologies of Practice

AND successful completion of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Education students The pre-requisite unit does not apply for students enrolled in AMCD.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review historical and current indigenous education policies and practices in order to understand Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives;  
  2. Elucidate the professional complexities in including indigenous perspectives when teaching students and articulate a standpoint of practice that can negotiate these complexities;  
  3. Critically review curriculum materials and resources in order to identify approaches and strategies that support the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives across the curriculum in schools with a view to promoting reconciliation in today's society.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Critical review of curriculum for Aboriginal content in response to Respect, Reconciliation and Relationship 30%
Presentation Presentation of teaching practice that integrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives. 70%
Satisfactory completion of 10 days of teaching placement and mentor teacher report, plus the collection of teaching and learning artefacts to support demonstrated teaching practice. All assessments, equivalent to 5000 words of written assessment in total, must be satisfactorily completed in order to complete the unit.

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