Indigenous and Sociocultural Contexts of Education
6 Units of Credit6 UOC
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This course explores the historical, political and social context of Indigenous education in Australia and critically examines the social and societal factors that shape both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students' experiences and outcomes. It introduces students to current research, theoretical frameworks and practical strategies to help in developing their skills and knowledge to critically reflect on and respond to Indigenous issues in education. A three-day intensive “on country” immersion program will introduce and engage students with the local Aboriginal communities, their culture and perspectives to help raise students’ awareness about the need for a focus on Indigenous perspectives in schools and in teacher education. As the central focus for the course is preparing students to meet the Australian Professional Standards that directly concern Indigenous education: the teaching of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students (AITSL 1.4), and the embedding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, histories and heritage across the curriculum (AITSL 2.4).
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