Details for Cultural Diversity and Australian Indigenous Education

This introductory subject provides heightened understanding of the needs in diverse classrooms in order to enable students to reach their full potential in a range of settings including rural, remote and urban Australian Indigenous settings and argues the case for pedagogies that engender a supportive learning environment. Both the Australian Curriculum and the Graduate Teacher Standard Descriptors recognise the need to create inclusive educational settings. This subject examines the effectiveness of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and inclusive policies and procedures and applies principles and theories of literacy and numeracy education to first and second language learning contexts. It is anticipated that the Teacher Education Student’s own desire to engage more in understanding worldviews of different Australian Indigenous and other community groups will be strengthened, and the role Christian and alternate school contexts can work towards “Closing the Gap” in Australian Indigenous education.


Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: EDU125
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: David Hastie

Prerequisites

The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Cultural Diversity and Australian Indigenous Education

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

This introductory subject provides heightened understanding of the needs in diverse classrooms in order to enable students to reach their full potential in a range of settings including rural, remote and urban Australian Indigenous settings and argues the case for pedagogies that engender a supportive learning environment. Both the Australian Curriculum and the Graduate Teacher Standard Descriptors recognise the need to create inclusive educational settings. This subject examines the effectiveness of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and inclusive policies and procedures and applies principles and theories of literacy and numeracy education to first and second language learning contexts. It is anticipated that the Teacher Education Student’s own desire to engage more in understanding worldviews of different Australian Indigenous and other community groups will be strengthened, and the role Christian and alternate school contexts can work towards “Closing the Gap” in Australian Indigenous education.

Outcomes

  1. Identify and discuss factors which demonstrate an understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and languages;
  2. Describe strategies for working effectively, sensitively and confidentially with parent/carers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) backgrounds to involve them in the educative process in ways that show an understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and languages and identity;
  3. Examine the significant issues: social, cultural, economic and historical that affect the achievement of Australian Indigenous students’ educational outcomes.
  4. Select EALD pedagogies which incorporate a Christian or alternate worldview and promote heightened understanding of the needs in diverse classrooms in order to enable students to reach their full potential and flourish;
  5. Discuss the effectiveness of Australian Indigenous and multicultural policies and procedures as well as anti-racism and EALD policies, programs and services and their role in contributing to student outcomes and the equity and quality of school education;
  6. Describe pedagogies that engender a supportive learning environment and develop tolerance and positive attitudes towards multicultural groups;
  7. Outline principles and theories of literacy and numeracy education to first and second language learning in programming for cross-curricula units of work.

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • E-learning (online)
  • Intensive
  • Extensive

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Forum Posts (25%)
  • Minor Essay 1 (25%)
  • Minor Essay 2 (25%)
  • Interview Analysis (25%)