CQUniversity Unit Profile
EDED20494 Indigenous Learners and Learning
Indigenous Learners and Learning
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General Information

Overview

This unit will develop your knowledge and understanding of historical factors that impact on the engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners and families in education. The policy and action of governments and media representations are analysed, discussed and compared with indigenous perspectives on race relations and past events with an emphasis on developing understanding and appreciation of contemporary Indigenous Australian identity and culture. Pedagogies for working effectively and appropriately with indigenous Australians, families and communities including current systemic initiatives and policies are evaluated in terms of their suitability for students in rural, remote and urban Australian communities. You will consider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander world views and your own and others attitudes to Indigenous people to defend the selection of teaching strategies aimed at promoting reconciliation and effective learning relationships with students, families and communities.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 8
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 3 - 2021

Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 50%
2. Portfolio
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student Evaluations

Feedback

Students enjoy the resources in the unit but feel it is very content heavy and is not structured in a user-friendly way in Moodle.

Recommendation

Redefine Moodle content to ensure it is clear and flows logically for students.

Feedback from Student Evaluations

Feedback

Student enjoyed zoom tutorials as they provided an opportunity to cover topics in more depth and learn with other students.

Recommendation

Continue to deliver online zoom tutorials in split format to allow for students to engage and reflect on learning.

Feedback from Student Emails and Student Evaluations

Feedback

Assessment tasks are complex and need more scaffolding for students.

Recommendation

Review assessment task requirements and ensure assessment tasks and support materials are clear.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Analyse the impact of deficit views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students on learning and engagement
  2. Analyse and respond to representations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in contemporary and historical texts and their impact on race relations with non-Indigenous Australians
  3. Critique government policies and approaches to the education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in past and present society
  4. Explain the effect of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander world views and the concept of relatedness on the learning styles of indigenous students
  5. Justify the use of strategies that cater for the diversity of experience, identity and linguistic background of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and communities
  6. Evaluate the capacity of current programs and initiatives for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, families and communities for promoting engagement and participation in education

Successful completion of this unit provides opportunities for students to demonstrate the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers focus areas of:

1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students

1.3 Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds

1.4 Strategies for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

2.4 Understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non Indigenous Australians

3.7 Engage parents/carers in the educative process

4.1 Support student participation

7.3 Engage with the parents/carers

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment - 50%
2 - Portfolio - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment - 50%
2 - Portfolio - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Learning and Teaching in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education 3 (2016)

Authors: Harrison, N. & Sellwood, J.
Oxford University Press
Melbourne Melbourne , Victoria , Australia
ISBN: 9780190303204
Binding: Paperback

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 7th Edition (APA 7th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Karen D'Aietti Unit Coordinator
k.daietti@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1: Tutorial 1, Teaching in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Begin Date: 08 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

TOPIC 1: Teaching in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

Chapter

Refer to the Week 1 eReading list for this unit.

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Week 1 Study Guide tasks to be completed
Week 2: Tutorial 2, A Shared Australian History Begin Date: 15 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

TOPIC 2: A Shared Australian history

Chapter

Refer to the Week 2 eReading list for this unit.

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Week 2 Study Guide tasks to be completed
Week 3: Tutorial 3, A Shared Australian History - continued Begin Date: 22 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

TOPIC 2:  A Shared Australian History - continued

Chapter

Refer to the Week 3 eReading list for this unit.

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Week 3 Study Guide tasks to be completed
Week 4: Tutorial 4, The Impacts of Past Policies on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures and Identity Begin Date: 29 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

TOPIC 3: The Impacts of Past Policies on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures and Identity

Chapter

Refer to the Week 4 eReading list for this unit.

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Week 4 Study Guide tasks to be completed
Week 5: Tutorial 5, The Impacts of Past Policies on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures and Identity - continued Begin Date: 06 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

TOPIC 3: The Impacts of Past Policies on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures and Identity- continued

Chapter

Refer to the Week 5 eReading list for this unit.

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Week 5 Study Guide tasks to be completed
Week 6: Tutorial 6, Culture and Identity: Ways of Knowing, Learning and Being Begin Date: 13 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

TOPIC 4: Culture and Identity: Ways of Knowing, Learning and Being

Chapter

Refer to the Week 6 eReading list for this unit.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written assessment due:

  • Week 6 Study Guide tasks to be completed
Week 7: Tutorial 7, Quality Educational Strategies Begin Date: 20 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

TOPIC 5: Quality Educational Strategies

Chapter

Refer to the Week 7 eReading list for this unit.

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Week 7 Study Guide tasks to be completed
  • Written Assessment Task 1 due:

Monday 20th December, 2021 (11.45 p.m.)


Written assessment Due: Week 6 Monday (20 Dec 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
University Closure Begin Date: 25 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Please note that the 3/01/2022 is a public holiday
Week 8: Tutorial 8, Quality Educational Strategies - continued Begin Date: 04 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

TOPIC 5: Quality Educational Strategies - continued

Chapter

Refer to the Week 8 eReading list for this unit.

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Week 8 Study Guide tasks to be completed
  • Please note that the 3.01.2022 is a public holiday and the university is closed on this day
Week 9: Tutorial 9, Relationships, Community Partnerships and Strategies for Indigenous Education Begin Date: 10 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

TOPIC 6: Relationships, Community Partnerships and Strategies for Indigenous Education

Chapter

Refer to the Week 9 eReading list for this unit.

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Week 9 Study Guide tasks to be completed
Week 10: Tutorial 10, Relationships, Community Partnerships and Strategies for Indigenous Education - continued Begin Date: 17 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

TOPIC 6: Relationships, Community Partnerships and Strategies for Indigenous Education - continued

Chapter

Refer to the Week 10 eReading list for this unit.

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Week 10 Study Guide tasks to be completed
  • Written assessment Task 2 due:

Tuesday 25th January, 2021 (11.45 p.m.)

Term Specific Information

Please note that the content of Term 3 units is delivered in various ways (some intensive mode over the first six weeks of the Term). Each unit's timetable was created to best deliver its unique content and prepare you to complete assessment tasks effectively, as well as allow some 'downtime' prior to the commencement of the placement for Professional Praxis 3 and the commencement of university Term 1, 2022.
To allow this to happen, some online Zoom Tutorial sessions will be conducted over 6 weeks straight with a class occurring in 'non-teaching week' – that is, Week 1 - 4, Non-Teaching Week and Week 5.
Due to the nature of a diverse unit delivery, it is important that you organise your personal diary in order for you to keep up and realise that you should double the usual time allocation to a unit during the intensive mode period for those units.
Please, see the Moodle site of each unit for further information.

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written assessment

Task Description

*This assessment task comprises up to 50% of the overall grade for this unit

Focus statement

Statistics show that despite substantial government spending on Indigenous education, there are still serious differences in the educational outcomes achieved by Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians (Gray & Beresford, 2008). Many writers claim that policies that aim to close this gap for Australian Indigenous students will only achieve successful educational outcomes if schools and teachers acknowledge and address the impact that the past has had on the present for these students (Gray & Beresford, 2008; Vass, 2012; Ford, 2012). 

Structure and expectations for your written response

Use an essay format and structure to write a response of no more than 1500 words (excluding the List of References) that clearly establishes your position in response to the statement provided above. In doing so, please be guided by the following:

  1. Your response will be informed by the material covered in the unit, including readings provided or linked to on the Moodle site, and by other relevant sources obtained through independent searches. The use and relevance of the literature used should be demonstrated by in-text citations and a list of references. 
  2. Your paper will aim to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the impact of past and present representations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and government policy on race relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. This may be achieved through a discussion of a selection of past and current events, policy approaches and their effects, perspectives and interpretations of the effects of colonisation, racism and dispossession, and other such topical aspects introduced and covered in the unit. The topical points to be included in the discussion need to be selected so that they support your response to the focus statement while being sufficiently diverse to demonstrate your understanding of the broader range of topics covered in the unit.   
  3. Your paper will include a section that outlines your own personal reflections on the impact of a shared Australian history, and also of your own cultural background on the attitudes and views you have formed of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as students and learners. In doing so, you should make reference to three (3) learning experiences from the unit activities that have,       

               (a) shaped your perspectives on the importance of teachers’ acknowledgement, recognition and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and cultures;

               (b) show how the identity needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students might be supported; and,

               (c) how teaching can promote reconciliation within classroom contexts and the broader school community. 

Your paper will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (especially Standards 1.4 and 2.4by making a direct comparison and referencing them when relevant to your response and reflections.  Your paper will also demonstrate a practical understanding of the use of appropriate terminology by employing acceptable and respectful terminology when referring to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families, communities and students.  


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Monday (20 Dec 2021) 11:45 pm AEST

Assessment Task 1: Written assessment


Return Date to Students

Feedback on this assessment response will be provided in sufficient time to allow for academic support and advice as necessary to inform students' responses to the next assessment task.


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria

  1. Knowledge and understanding of past and present government policy in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  2. Analysis of the impact of policy, representations and racial discrimination on the culture and identity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  3. Critical reflection on the range of perspectives on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and identity and the impact these views have on engagement and participation in education and care settings
  4. Construction of a defensible position on the given stimulus using examples to support the point of view 


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Please check the Turnitin report before final submission - the report may take up to 24 hours to generate.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Analyse the impact of deficit views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students on learning and engagement
  • Analyse and respond to representations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in contemporary and historical texts and their impact on race relations with non-Indigenous Australians
  • Critique government policies and approaches to the education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in past and present society
  • Evaluate the capacity of current programs and initiatives for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, families and communities for promoting engagement and participation in education


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

2 Portfolio

Assessment Title
Justification of strategies for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, families and communities

Task Description

*This assessment task comprises up to 50% of the overall grade for this unit.

Throughout the unit, you have examined a range of strategies and resources for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander learners, families and communities and for teaching the history of Australia in respectful ways that promote reconciliation. 

For this task, you will select and describe the strategies you would use to engage Indigenous students in learning in educational settings and explain why you think they would work. 

Task Details

(1)  You will identify strategies that show consideration of students' cultural, linguistic and identity needs AND strategies for working effectively and sensitively with families and communities to support the learning and engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Your work can be presented in a format of your choice such as a table, matrix, written report or a multimodal form that includes diagrams, flowcharts or any other format suitable for identifying and describing the chosen strategies. A word limit of 800 words (or equivalent for tables, diagrams, and so on) applies to this section of the task.

(2)  You will write a justification of no more than 1000 words that clearly explains why these strategies would meet the learning, language, cultural and identity needs of Indigenous learners and that identifies any limitations on the effectiveness of these strategies in a range of different contexts.  This justification should consider the diversity of needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in rural, remote and urban areas and educational settings made up solely of Indigenous learners as well as those where only a small minority of students are Indigenous.  As a minimum, the justification will be supported by references from unit readings and your set text.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Tuesday (25 Jan 2022) 11:45 pm AEST

Assessment Task 2: Written assessment


Return Date to Students

Week 10 Tuesday (25 Jan 2022)

Feedback on this final assessment task will be provided following moderation and prior to the date of certification of grades for the term.


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria

  1. Knowledge and understanding of the identity needs of Indigenous learners and families and the impact of these factors on learning and engagement
  2. Application of knowledge of indigenous culture to the selection and justification of strategies for building relationships with learners, parents, carers and communities
  3. Chosen strategies address the language learning needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and show understanding of the diversity of students' backgrounds and characteristics
  4. Justification draws on authoritative sources and considers the limitations of selected strategies


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Please check the Turnitin report before final submission - the report may take up to 24 hours to generate.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain the effect of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander world views and the concept of relatedness on the learning styles of indigenous students
  • Justify the use of strategies that cater for the diversity of experience, identity and linguistic background of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and communities
  • Evaluate the capacity of current programs and initiatives for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, families and communities for promoting engagement and participation in education


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility
  • Leadership

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