EDUC5429 Perspectives in Aboriginal Education

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit provides an introduction to some of the issues affecting Aboriginal people within the Australian/Western Australian education system. The unit begins with an examination of the historical relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australia and the impact of colonisation, governmental policies and practices on all aspects of life and, in particular, education. 'Aboriginal education' is considered in the context of social justice and Indigenous and human rights issues which continue to affect Aboriginal people and their relationships with the wider Australian community. With the help of Indigenous and non-Indigenous guest speakers, the unit examines identity, worldview and perceptions and students are asked to consider their own and the wider society's attitudes towards Aboriginal people and what people mean when they speak of 'Aboriginal education'. 'Courageous Conversations about Race' is a key component to the unit. The focus of this unit is to develop cultural understandings, culturally sensitive teaching strategies and cultural competencies for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives within a school context.
Students are able to (1) articulate an awareness, knowledge and understanding of the impact of historical and cultural factors on education and development for Indigenous students; (2) identify culturally and educationally appropriate strategies that may be useful in teaching Indigenous students given a geographically and culturally defined situation; and (3) embed incorporating Indigenous perspectives into the curriculum based on contextual and pedagogical understanding.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) group presentation ; (2) reflective journal & resource collection part A; and (3) reflective journal & resource collection part b. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Carolyn Crook
Contact hours
30 hours
Unit Outline
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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.