CQUniversity Unit Profile
INDG40015 Indigenous Australians and Education
Indigenous Australians and Education
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General Information

Overview

This unit provides students with a broad overview of the education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia. It begins by looking at traditional ways of educating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, before examining a history of Indigenous education since the colonisation of Australia by white settlers, and seeing how racism still has a major influence on Indigenous education. Students will look at the impact of social factors, such as health issues, housing, remoteness, and poverty on education; and also see how different cultural factors, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait identities, different ways of teaching and learning, and language in particular, affect Indigenous education in Australia. Students will look more specifically at teaching and learning in Indigenous communities, including some case studies. Finally, the unit allows students to explore trends in Indigenous school education, Indigenous vocational education and training (VET) and TAFE, and Indigenous tertiary education in more detail, including the influence that Indigenous Australians have had on mainstream education.

Details

Career Level: Non-award
Unit Level: Not Applicable
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
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 1 - 2020

Mixed Mode

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).

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Non-award 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: 40%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
3. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 20%

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 Staff feedback

Feedback

Need to maintain the integrity and relevance of unit content

Recommendation

Continue to monitor the unit content for relevance and update as required

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Analyse the historical and contemporary impacts of government policies upon education for Indigenous Australians.
  2. Identify various social issues that impact upon education for Indigenous Australians.
  3. Explain why cultural factors should be taken into consideration for the education of Indigenous Australians.
  4. Evaluate contemporary trends in various levels of education for Indigenous Australians.
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
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Self Management
2 - Communication
3 - Information Literacy
4 - Information Technology Competence
5 - Problem Solving
6 - Critical Thinking
7 - Cross-Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical Practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

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: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Laurence Armstrong Unit Coordinator
l.armstrong@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Introduction to unit

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of learning

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education since colonisation

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Compulsory Residential School

Residential School 23-27 March  Building 7, Bundaberg Campus

Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Racism and education

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 06 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Social impacts on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Non Teaching Week

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Cultural factors impacting on education

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment: Academic Essay Due: Week 6 Friday (24 Apr 2020) 12:00 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 27 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Studying and teaching in remote communities

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 04 May 2020

Module/Topic

Education in Torres Strait Islander communities

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 11 May 2020

Module/Topic

Trends in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school education

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 18 May 2020

Module/Topic

Trends in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander VET and TAFE studies

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 25 May 2020

Module/Topic

Trends in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tertiary education

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 01 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Review of unit

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment: Academic Essay Due: Week 12 Friday (5 Jun 2020) 12:00 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online Quiz(zes) Due: Exam Week Friday (19 Jun 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Term Specific Information

Unit Coordinator: Bronwyn McFarlane

Phone: (07) 4150 7069

Email: b.mcfarlane@cqu.edu.au

Unit presentation

10-12 hours of study per week of self-directed study Student access to the Internet, email and residential schools are recommended for this unit, with the exception of those students in correctional centres. Students are expected to follow a self-directed study schedule which meets the required deadlines.

Residential School

Residential School is a requirement of this unit. One Residential School will be held during the term in Week 3 (23-27 March). During this school, group work, lectures, tutorials, presentations and individual tuition will be held. Please also confirm your attendance by emailing tep@cqu.edu.au or telephoning Suellen Thomas on 1800 651 891. Travel will be organised through Centrelink, and not TEP. If you are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, it is important that you register with Centrelink/Abstudy at the earliest opportunity. Residential travel cannot be organised until the registration process has been completed. Please note that Abstudy needs 3 weeks’ notice of your intended travel. Abstudy will confirm your registration with us and then arrange travel for you. TEP will arrange your accommodation and meals. Abstudy will notify you of your travel details and so it is important that your contact details are up to date. Contact TEP urgently if something at the last moment prevents you from attending.

Unit Website

The unit website is offered through the learning management system, Moodle. You should find this website easy to use. Consequently, you will need access to the internet. If the learning management system Moodle is temporarily unavailable when you need to submit an assessment item, you can send your assessment by email to your Unit Coordinator.

Computer (including software) requirements

Access to a computer is necessary. If you can regularly get to a CQUniversity campus, you can use the computers there. If you cannot get to campus, it is best to have your own computer. You may also be able to use a computer at your local Queensland Open Learning Study Centre or your local library. Internet access is necessary so you can access the unit website. Microsoft Office software is preferred. Students in correctional centres do not require computer access.

Assessment Information

Assessments for this unit should be submitted electronically through Moodle. Students are required to keep back-up copies of all assessments. Please ensure that your assessment conforms to the applicable formatting guide. To submit electronically, the assessment should be saved in a format that is compatible with Microsoft Office and submitted via the Learning Management System (Moodle).

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment: Academic Essay

Task Description

Choose ONE topic from the list below, and write a 1000 -1200 word academic essay.

1. Describe the ways of learning that were used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people before colonisation.

2. Explain the historical impacts on the education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people since colonisation.

3. Present a summary of how racism has affected the education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

4. What social circumstances affect the education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people? In your discussion, you may wish to use an example from your own community.

5. How do Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures fit in with mainstream educational systems? You may use an example from your own community if you wish.

In your response, present balanced coverage of the arguments in relation to the topic. Remember that you must write objectively. You will need to research widely and reference accurately. You should include at least 4-6 sources in your reference list, but more is always better. Students are required to use the Harvard Style of referencing. Remember that this is an academic essay and so should be properly presented with a cover page, an introduction, the body of the essay (or the main discussion), a conclusion, and a reference list. Use 1.5 or double line spacing and a clear font such as Times New Roman 12 or Arial 11.


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Friday (24 Apr 2020) 12:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Friday (8 May 2020)


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Academic content

  • Demonstrates an understanding of the unit material relevant to the assessment task
  • Evidence of research
  • Demonstration of comprehension
  • Relevance to the topic

Writing skills

  • Logical organisation of ideas and arguments
  • Accuracy and fairness in representing the views discussed
  • Clarity of expression, avoidance of grammatical errors, correct use of words
  • Uses the academic essay structure to logically organise and present ideas and arguments
  • Meeting of the length requirements

Referencing skills

  • Use of authoritative academic sources
  • Acknowledgement of sources through correct in-text referencing and corresponding accurate reference list
  • Uses the Harvard style of referencing


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Analyse the historical and contemporary impacts of government policies upon education for Indigenous Australians.
  • Identify various social issues that impact upon education for Indigenous Australians.
  • Explain why cultural factors should be taken into consideration for the education of Indigenous Australians.


Graduate Attributes
  • Self Management
  • Communication
  • Information Literacy
  • Critical Thinking
  • Cross-Cultural Competence
  • Ethical Practice

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment: Academic Essay

Task Description

Choose ONE topic from the list below, and write a 1000 - 1200 word academic essay.

1. Describe teaching in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Look at this from the perspective of students and teachers.

2. Present a summary of education in Torres Strait Islander communities. Contrast this with education on mainland Australia.

3. What are the main trends in education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students? You can discuss this either from a historical or contemporary point of view.

4. Has there been any recent significant improvement in the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in vocational education training (VET) or TAFE? Discuss the reasons for this.

5. Discuss the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the tertiary education sector. In your response, discuss various trends in participation, success rates, and the fields of education in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are most interested.

Remember that this is an academic essay and so should be properly presented with a cover page, an introduction, the body of the essay (or the main discussion), a conclusion, and a reference list. Use 1.5 or double line spacing and a clear font such as Times New Roman 12 or Arial 11.

In your response, please utilise feedback from the previous assessment. As before, you will need to research widely and reference accurately. You should include at least 4-6 sources in your reference list, but more is always better. Students are required to use the Harvard Style of referencing.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (5 Jun 2020) 12:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (19 Jun 2020)


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Academic content

  • Demonstrates an understanding of the unit material relevant to the assessment task
  • Evidence of research
  • Demonstration of comprehension
  • Relevance to the topic

Writing skills

  • Logical organisation of ideas and arguments
  • Accuracy and fairness in representing the views discussed
  • Clarity of expression, avoidance of grammatical errors, correct use of words
  • Uses the academic essay structure to logically organise and present ideas and arguments
  • Meeting of the length requirements

Referencing skills

  • Use of authoritative academic sources
  • Acknowledgement of sources through correct in-text referencing and corresponding accurate reference list
  • Uses the Harvard style of referencing


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Identify various social issues that impact upon education for Indigenous Australians.
  • Explain why cultural factors should be taken into consideration for the education of Indigenous Australians.
  • Evaluate contemporary trends in various levels of education for Indigenous Australians.


Graduate Attributes
  • Self Management
  • Communication
  • Information Literacy
  • Critical Thinking
  • Cross-Cultural Competence
  • Ethical Practice

3 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Online Quiz(zes)

Task Description

The task associated with this assessment item is to complete the online quizzes during the term on the unit's Moodle website. These quizzes will be available in Weeks 3, 6, 9 and 12, and each quiz will test the student's knowledge of unit material for the previous three weeks. Each quiz will consist of ten (10) questions that are randomly selected from a question bank. Each quiz will be worth 5% of the total grade for the unit and the complete assessment of four quizzes will be worth 20% of the total grade. Although marks will be given to students after each quiz, the final grade will not be shown until the end of term.

Points to note:

  • If students have technical problems with the quiz, they should contact the unit coordinator or TASAC as soon as possible.
  • Students are encouraged to attempt every quiz to obtain the maximum number of marks.
  • Students are encouraged to refer to the unit materials in order to obtain as many correct answers as possible.
  • There will be no time limit on quizzes.
  • Students will be allowed two attempts at each quiz.
  • The attempt with the highest grade will be accepted for assessment.


Number of Quizzes


Frequency of Quizzes


Assessment Due Date

Exam Week Friday (19 Jun 2020) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (19 Jun 2020)


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

Students are marked according to the number of correct responses for each quiz.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Analyse the historical and contemporary impacts of government policies upon education for Indigenous Australians.
  • Identify various social issues that impact upon education for Indigenous Australians.
  • Explain why cultural factors should be taken into consideration for the education of Indigenous Australians.
  • Evaluate contemporary trends in various levels of education for Indigenous Australians.


Graduate Attributes
  • Self Management
  • Communication
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Cross-Cultural Competence

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?