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Unit Overview


This unit will provide an introduction to a range of perspectives and understandings that will help primary pre-service teachers work effectively with Indigenous students and families within the Australian/Western Australian primary education system. The unit examines identity and worldview and the wider society's attitudes towards Aboriginal people and what people mean when they speak of 'Aboriginal education'. Pre-service teachers are asked to critically reflect on how they locate themselves, their world views and perceptions within Aboriginal Education. The unit will examine historical relationships 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. The focus of this unit is to help develop cultural understandings that will enable teachers to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into the primary curriculum and draw on strategies that are culturally responsive within an educational context.

6 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2023

Students are able to (1) explain the impact of historical and cultural factors on education and development for Indigenous students; (2) analyse own worldviews and perspectives in the context of Aboriginal Education; (3) illustrate how culturally and educationally appropriate strategies can support Indigenous students' wellbeing and educational achievement; (4) investigate how strategies useful in teaching Indigenous students can be applied given a geographically and culturally defined situation; and (5) recommend ways to include Indigenous perspectives into the primary curriculum based on understandings of contexts and pedagogies..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) group presentation and (2) written assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit rules
Enrolment in
BH020 Bachelor of Education (Primary Education) (Honours)
Contact hours
30 hours
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