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Indigenous Teaching and Learning Perspectives in Primary Education PG (11347.1)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Education


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  • Semester 1, 2020, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (190077) - View

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In this unit, students will develop their skills and knowledge toward teaching The Australian Curriculum Cross-Curricular Priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and cultures in primary school settings. The Australian Curriculum is based on the assumption that all students, across all year levels and subject areas, will have the opportunity to engage with Indigenous perspectives. In preparing for primary classroom teaching, students will analyse and interpret The Australian Curriculum priority, while also gaining practical knowledge of how to teach Indigenous content, to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students in the primary years. In exploring how Indigenous content is embedded in learning, students will consider various cultural perspectives and develop skills in self-directed learning to gain the skills needed to teach the cross-curricular priority, with a focus on AITSL Standards 1.4 and 2.4, which all teachers are required to demonstrate. Students will plan, structure and sequence an Indigenous community engagement plan, toward building skills in community connections and developing their own understandings of how to respectfully teach and learn Indigenous perspectives.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Examine, understand and apply the Indigenous-focused requirements of the Australian Curriculum, in the primary school context;

2. Describe and analyse how the priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures can be embedded within various learning areas of the Primary Years Australian Curriculum, in ways that are consistent, meaningful and respectful;

3. Demonstrate knowledge and grasp of the requirements of AITSL standards 1.4 and 2.4, and describe how to gain knowledge and proficiency through student and community engagement and development opportunities;

4. Develop and demonstrate respectful, critical understandings of the social, historical and cultural contexts associated with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including students and their families, in Australia; and

5. Articulate a professional understanding of the inequalities in Australian education that have led to disparities within outcomes for some Indigenous students, while demonstrating an ability to reject deficit approaches and to apply strengths-based, teaching strategies to improve the educational experience for Indigenous students.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 1 hour lecture and one 1 hour tutorial on campus per week. Plus one hour of online learning per week.


This unit is only available to students in the Master of Primary Teaching course.



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