units

EDF2031

Faculty of Education

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedBerwick First semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2015 (Day)
Berwick Second semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2015 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Term 2 2015 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Zane Ma Rhea (City, Peninsula); Mr Peter Anderson (Berwick, Clayton)

Synopsis

This unit explores local and global Indigenous perspectives on teaching and learning. It develops students' knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultures with a particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The unit considers Indigenous and other forms of education alongside the provision of mainstream schooling by nation states. Students develop their understanding of the impact of culture, cultural identity and linguistic background on the education of students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds. They explore and utilise education programs which have successfully engaged with learners from Indigenous and traditionally oriented societies and achieved improvements in their education outcomes. Students also develop broad knowledge, understanding and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their histories, cultures and languages, to meet expectations in the Australian Curriculum and the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. They develop skills and insights into how to engage learners from Indigenous and traditional communities and create successful partnerships that improve academic outcomes and foster reconciliation.

Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate cross-cultural skills and knowledge in developing partnerships with Indigenous education experts
  2. demonstrate understanding of the impact of culture, cultural identity and linguistic background on the education of students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds
  3. understand appropriate cultural protocols and the terms 'Indigenous', 'local', 'Traditional' and 'Traditional Owner' as they pertain to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  4. develop and utilise appropriate teaching strategies for Indigenous learners
  5. demonstrate broad knowledge of, understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures and languages, to promote reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians
  6. use this knowledge in developing teaching and learning strategies related to understanding Indigenous education.

Assessment

Lesson plan (can include individual and/or group work) (1200 words or equivalent per student, 30%)
Portfolio of learning tasks (can include individual and/or group work) (2800 words or equivalent per student, 70%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester/term comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2 hours per week

(b.) Requirements for offshore Kaplan based students:

  • one intensive block comprising two week nights and weekend days, normally from Thursday to Sunday
  • at least four hours of online study per term

(c.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

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