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Australian Indigenous Education (EDU621)

School School of Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1E-internal, S1E-external
Description Australian Indigenous Education is designed to provide education practitioners with the necessary background and conceptual knowledge, as well as the skills, to maximise learning outcomes for Indigenous students. Within this context the unit will also explore the requirement of the Australian Curriculum to infuse key learning areas with Indigenous perspectives so that all students learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.
Unit Learning Outcomes Overall learning outcomes are:-
1. Students will gain an historical overview of Indigenous education;
2. Students will understand issues that impact on effective teaching/learning
3. Develop an understanding of what is currently considered to be best practice in Aboriginal education
4. Develop capability to incorporate Indigenous perspectives in the curriculum
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/seminars: 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit follows a 3 hour lecture/seminar model. Students are expected to lead a seminar, critically engage with the readings and demonstrate a willingness to discuss the topics in an informed way.
Assessment The assessments address the learning objectives:
* To gain an overview of Indigenous education in historical perspective;
* To develop an understanding of what is currently considered to be best practice in Aboriginal education;
* To prepare to address the Cross-curriculum perspective and deliver 'learning area content at the same time as developing knowledge, understanding and skills relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures'.
Individual assessment components are based on (1) seminar and include: Participation and online discussion 15% Report 45%( 2) exam 40%. The expectation is that a student will read all the material each week and formulate a discussion question (or series of questions) for discussion. All students should contribute to all of the discussion in an informed way.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level qualification
Previously 2014: EDN525
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Master of Education (Coursework) (MEd)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Audrey Fernandes-Satar

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MURDOCH: S1E-External
MURDOCH: S1E-Internal
Dr Audrey Fernandes-Satar

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