EDUC5429 Perspectives in Aboriginal Education

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
This unit will provide an introduction to a range of perspectives and understandings that will help students work effectively with Indigenous students, youth and families within the Australian/Western Australian 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'. Students 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 and draw on strategies that are culturally responsive within an educational 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) critically reflect on own worldviews and perspectives in the context of Aboriginal Education; (3) analyse how culturally and educationally appropriate strategies can support Indigenous students' well being and educational achievement that may be useful in teaching Indigenous students given a geographically and culturally defined situation; and (4) embed Indigenous perspectives into the 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.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the group presentation and written assignment components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Carolyn Crook
Contact hours
30 hours
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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