Understanding Indigenous Education and Perspectives

EDU20021 12.5 Credit Points per subject Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 24 Hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

Aims and objectives

This unit focuses on contemporary and historical Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, identities, languages, histories, statuses, challenges, contributions and perspectives. The unit aims to enable pre-service teachers to synthesise perspectives about Indigenous education and consider how these perspectives can enhance their own education practices. An additional aim is to plan and develop authentic curriculum and pedagogy for teaching Indigenous children and young people, and analyse how Indigenous teaching and learning practices can benefit all children and young people. This knowledge and understanding contributes to pre-service teachers’ cultural competence and promotes culturally inclusive teaching practices based on sensitive and informed relationships.

Unit Learning Outcomes: Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Analyse Australian Indigenous education and perspectives.
2. Assess the impact of historical and contemporary events and issues on current educational contexts for Indigenous people.
3. Evaluate how Indigenous education and perspectives aligns with teachers’ professional role as advocates for children and their families.
4. Reflect on their own attitudes and values in relation to Indigenous people and how these may affect their teaching and professional relationships.
5. Articulate the continuous contributions of Indigenous people in Australian society.
6. Plan authentic learning experiences that enable all children and young people to learn about Indigenous people and perspectives.