Indigenous education in Australia is one of the Australian government's core education commitments, and is a vital part of its Close the Gap initiative. To achieve the aims of closing the gap in education, professionals who specialise in Indigenous education are essential.
If you are an existing teacher or educator working in diverse education contexts, this course will open a pathway to exploring your interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education.
In this specialised area of study, you will learn to draw on your own knowledge foundations and apply your understanding of broader pedagogy to thinking about the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. As you do so you will deepen your understanding of the context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education in Australia, while strengthening your knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members, including parents/guardians, knowledge holders, school-community liaison workers. In doing so you will be able to lead and influence education partnerships that enhance outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners.
Upon graduation you will find yourself well-prepared for a role that strengthens the foundation of education for Reconciliation, while rethinking what is possible in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education.
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What you will learn
Education Strategies in Diverse Contexts
Gain professional insights into the effective design and delivery of education with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Develop an understanding of the importance of kinship systems, and understand how the relationships between family, country and community are essential to developing strategies of engagement.
Interrogate your own way of knowing and develop your ability to analyse the cultural contexts that underpin Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander education in Australia.
Locate the role of Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander education throughout history and understand the ways policy has, and will continue to have, an impact on their ways of knowing.
EUQ657 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledge Societies
About this unit
In this unit, you will develop your understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing, and investigate how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and perspectives are represented and incorporate into a variety of Australian education experiences.
You will interrogate the foundations of your own way of knowing and develop your ability to analyse the cultural contexts that underpin education practices in Australia.
These understandings will contribute to the development of your own critical practice relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education. By doing so you will gain professional insights in the design and delivery of education delivery with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
EUQ658 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education and Policy since 1788
About this unit
In this unit, you will develop your understanding of the policy eras that have shaped the treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples since 1788, ending with a focus on present-day initiatives.
You will investigate the role of education in delivering policy intentions and the impact this has had, and continues to have, on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their ways of knowing.
You will also develop your own critical practice relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education.
EUQ660 Personal Journeys in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
About this unit
In this unit, you will explore the importance of cultural awareness and kinship systems. How the relationships between family, country and community are essential to developing strategies of engagement and establishing healthy relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
You will reflect upon your own cultural position and how this influences and shapes your approach to building genuine partnerships within your community.
You will also engage with contemporary culture and race theory, and learn how these conceptual frameworks can inform and support effective cross-cultural partnerships.
EUQ659 Global Perspectives in Indigenous Education
About this unit
In this unit you will investigate the experience of indigeneity against a backdrop of colonisation and globalisation.
You will apply your understanding of Indigenous perspectives as they encounter a variety of education case studies from Indigenous academics in other nations. There will be a focus on how education in diverse contexts continue to facilitate the impact that colonisation and globalisation have had on Indigenous languages, cultures and identities.
The learning in this unit provides essential insights for professionals who design and deliver education initiatives in any field with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Our dedicated support team are here to help you when you need it. They are available online or over the phone seven days a week to answer all your questions. They are here to help with everything from technical support to academic questions. QUT Online has the tools and people to make your postgraduate study achievable and enjoyable.
If you are a qualified teacher, this course will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to teach Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander students, and to do so with a strong cultural and historical awareness.
Indigenous Education Officer
Provide specialised support for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander students within a tertiary education institution.
Public Service Worker
Work at state or federal level education departments, employing your expertise in Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander education to help the government chart a positive and effective direction for Indigenous education in Australia.
Work within Indigenous communities to support Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander students and their families to remain engaged with education, leading to positive student outcomes.
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