Faculty of Education

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Mr Peter Anderson


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.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • extend their knowledge of the federal and state education policy frameworks shaping Indigenous education in Australia
  • extend their critical understanding of pedagogical issues in Indigenous education
  • extend their critical understanding of curriculum issues in Indigenous education
  • extend their 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)

Contact hours

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