Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedNot offered in 2013


This unit supports students to expand their understanding of Indigenous education by focusing on developing the student's pedagogical approach to the education of Indigenous students including an examination of the impact of history, the potential of curriculum for retention and maintenance of Indigenous knowledge in mainstream education, and the impact of government policies on Indigenous education outcomes.
Using teaching practicum experiences, an extensive literature, and an array of teaching and learning resources, students develop skills and insights into how they can engage Indigenous learners and create successful school-community partnerships that improve academic outcomes.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should:

  • have an understanding of the terms 'Aboriginal', 'Indigenous' and 'traditional' as they pertain to education
  • understand government policies past and present as they pertain to the education of Indigenous peoples and the place of Indigenous education in mainstream education systems
  • become aware of issues pertaining to the retention and maintenance of Indigenous and non-Western traditional knowledge through curriculum development initiatives
  • demonstrate the ability to use this knowledge when developing a pedagogical approach, Indigenous educational content in the area of expertise, appropriate assessment tasks, and a robust evaluation framework to improve professional practice.


Fieldwork trip to Bunjilaka, Victoria Museum or Koorie Heritage Trust


Task 1: Essay (50%) and Task 2: Experiential learning activity (50%)

Contact hours

3 contact hours per week with a further minimum 9 hours of self-directed study per week.