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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Zane Ma Rhea


This unit will focus on Indigenous Issues in Education. Focusing predominantly on Australia, it will provide scope for students to pursue issues of interest to them in their area of professional work. Providing effective, high standard mainstream education services to Indigenous students is one of the enduring challenges facing education bureaucracies, whether they are providing early childhood, primary, secondary or adult education services. This unit will engage with systems level issues in Indigenous
education drawing on both education and organisational development literatures to provide students with a robust critical analysis of current practices and opportunity to develop a strategic change plan of relevance to their work.


  • To extend students' knowledge of the federal and state education policy frameworks shaping Indigenous education in Australia
  • To extend students' critical understanding of pedagogical issues in Indigenous Education
  • To extend students' critical understanding of curriculum issues in Indigenous Education
  • To extend students' critical understanding of assessment and measurement issues in Indigenous Education


Essay - 4,000 words (50%); Strategic Change Plan (SCP) - 4,000 words (50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Zane Ma Rhea

Contact hours

39 hours of 6 X 4 hour lecture seminar workshops, on line discussions and individual meetings with teaching staff