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EDC2200 First Nations Education

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: First Nations Education
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Coll for Indigenous Studies, Education & Research
School or Department : Coll for Indigenous Studies, Education & Research
Student contribution band : National Priority - Teaching
ASCED code : 070100 - Teacher Education
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Tonia Chalk

Requisites

Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU or BECH

Other requisites

Students enrolling in courses which do not follow the recommended enrolment pattern cannot be assured of a developmental learning experience or program completion within their preferred timeframe.

Rationale

Social indicators show that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have poorer outcomes in relation to education when compared with other groups in Australian society. Teachers have an important role to play in the education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners considerate of cultures, cultural identities and linguistic backgrounds. This course will prepare teachers to undertake this responsibility effectively through engaging with Indigenous knowledge, histories, cultures and languages and being informed of best practices. The teaching of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners requires educators who are able to meet pedagogical challenges, work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school staff and Communities and can understand and apply policies in the classroom with effect.

Synopsis

The purpose of this course is to provide knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education including Indigenous histories, cultures and languages and to develop appropriate competencies and skills for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners, considerate of cultures, cultural identities and linguistic backgrounds. This course introduces initial pre-service educators to an understanding of themselves within this educational field; the historical, political, cultural and societal contexts of education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; provides understanding of policies and implications; informs implementation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies in the curriculum; develops analytical skills for resource selection and develops understanding and applications for engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school staff and Communities.

Objectives

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. use the relevant legislative, administrative and organisational policies and processes to show contextual applications for teachers and centre/school sites (APST 7.2)
  2. apply knowledge of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and languages in selection of curriculum, pedagogical strategies and resources (APST 2.4)
  3. engage in relevant and appropriate professional learning that will positively impact teacher practice in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners (APST 6.2)
  4. set learning goals that provide achievable challenges for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners (APST 3.1)
  5. select appropriate pedagogies for the teaching of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners with consideration of culture, cultural identity and linguistic backgrounds and their impact on education (APST 1.4, 4.1).

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education policies 20.00
2. Inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and societies in the curriculum with appropriate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies resources 20.00
3. Being an effective teacher for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners, including consideration of cultures, cultural identities and linguistic backgrounds 20.00
4. Pedagogical approaches to teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners including anti-racism strategies 20.00
5. Engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school staff and communities 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2019&sem=02&subject1=EDC2200)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Private Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 40 40 28 Aug 2019
ASSIGNMENT 2 60 60 16 Oct 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    On-campus: It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.

  2. Students are required to demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of academic language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation, and referencing in all assessment responses. Marks allocated to the aforementioned criteria will be specified in the criteria for assessment of all assessment items.

  3. Students are required to submit ALL assignments to evidence meeting or exceeding the mandatory requirements of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APSTs).

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement
2. forms part of the Bachelor of Education and is benchmarked against the:

  1. internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review
  2. Queensland College of Teachers
  3. Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

Other requirements

  1. E-mail and Internet access: Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.

  2. Minimum enrolment numbers: Should enrolments not reach the minimum number required for on-campus study, student may be transferred to the ONLINE/EXTERNAL offering and advised of this change before semester commences.

  3. Participation: Students can expect it will be necessary to participate in and contribute to a range of learning opportunities in this course including online study activities, lectures, tutorials, seminar presentations, group discussions and self-directed study activities in order to apply the coursework that will enable quality assessment tasks to be submitted as evidence of professional development.