Aboriginal Education

10 Units

This course will develop students' understanding of Aboriginal culture and the challenges faced by Aboriginal students when they attend formal institutions such as schools. The course addresses Aboriginal education and social policies that have impacted on Aboriginal communities, particularly in NSW; cultural differences and related pedagogues; teaching strategies, including anti racism strategies; and the inclusion of the Aboriginal community in the delivery of knowledge within the schooling system.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education
Availability Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Recognise the importance of teaching Aboriginal Studies in the context of contemporary Australian society.
  2. Understand and respect traditional and contemporary Aboriginal cultures.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate pedagogy for teaching Indigenous students.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of strategies for combating racism in school settings.
  5. Recognise the protocols of effective consultation with Aboriginal communities.
  6. Understand the importance of Aboriginal education and social policies that have impacted on Aboriginal communities, particularly in NSW

The following topics and content will be covered:

  • History of Aboriginal education in NSW
  • 2008 NSW Aboriginal Education & Training Policy
  • Involving the Aboriginal community, partnership in Aboriginal education
  • Quality Teaching & Aboriginal students, comparing Aboriginal learning pedagogies & QT
  • Understanding Otitis Media & Aboriignal English in a classroom setting
  • Develop Aboriginal perspectives through contemporary diversity of Aboriignal Communities
  • Development of Aboriginal perspectives through liiteracy & numeracy
  • Analysis of cultural bias in resources
  • Roles of Aboriginal education workers and the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group
  • Examining racism
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Assessment Items
  • Essay: Essay
  • Formal Examination: Formal Examination
  • Presentation: Case Study and Presentation
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Weeks (Integrated Learning may be offered face-to-face, on-line, or a combination of both and may include scheduled periods of self-directed learning. Typically, delivery will consist of 12 two hr scheduled face to face classes and 8 hours of online activities.)
  • Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Weeks
Timetable 2016 Course Timetables for EDUC6912
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