During this unit you have been challenged to think deeply about Indigenous perspectives. Through this process, you might have been challenged, confronted or had your ideas and beliefs reinforced.
This assignment task requires you to identify an event or practice from Australian history and analyse how it has affected the lives of Indigenous Australians, and its relevance for teaching and learning in Australia. Your understandings so far will play an important role in how you approach this task.
You will not only learn more about the issue through undertaking this task, but will learn more about reading and thinking critically, communicating clearly in writing, searching for and using information, and developing a logical and well-constructed essay. These skills are fundamental to any university graduate, and more importantly are skills teachers use every day in their classroom practice.
Related learning outcomes
This task is assessing your ability to meet the following unit learning objectives:
Discuss and critique Australian Indigenous education and perspectives.
Assess the impact of historical and contemporary events and issues on current educational contexts for Indigenous people.
This essay has two parts and will be based on the materials and content from the first eight weeks of the unit. Throughout your essay you will:
Identify one historical event or practice from Australian history and analyse how you think it has affected the lives of Indigenous Australians, and the relevance this historical and cultural knowledge has for teaching and learning in Australia.
This will be broken down into Parts A and B, which are outlined below.
Part A (1200 words)
The threads of historical and cultural influences impact today’s Australian society. Identify one historical event or practice from Australian history and analyse how you think it has affected the lives of Indigenous Australians.
Examples include the Stolen Generations, the tent embassy, land rights, use of treaties. You will need to:
briefly describe the event or practice
analyse the effects and impacts of the event or practice on Indigenous Australians, both at the time and present day
discuss the relevance of educators having an understanding of these historical events and practices.
Part B (800 words)
Conclude the final part of your essay by:
summarising the arguments that support the teaching and learning of Indigenous Australian cultures and perspectives in early childhood or primary education (choose one of these education areas)
assessing how the event or practice you analysed in Part A of this assignment contributes to deeper understandings about teaching and learning with Indigenous cultures.
Essay writing tips
It will be essential to use supporting readings and resources to support your essay.
Refer to the assignment marking rubric to ensure you have understood the expectations of the assignment and how it will be marked.
This is an academic essay and should be written in third person.
Use a brief introduction, clear paragraphs for each new idea and a concise conclusion.
An essay plan or mind map before you start writing will help – even if you only record the key points and plan the order they should go in, plus the content of the introduction and conclusion.
Reading your essay aloud to yourself is a good way to check that it makes sense and will be understood by your eLA.
Make sure you proofread your essay carefully before submitting it. Poor grammar and typing errors detract from the quality of your work.
Make sure you acknowledge all sources used to develop your ideas, both by citing them in your essay and including them in the reference list at the end of your essay. Citing references adds strength to your arguments and avoids plagiarism.
The following resources will support you in completing this assignment:
Referencing guide (this includes guidelines on how to cite and reference ACARA and ELYF).
Essay writing guide.
Description of the event or practice from Australian History.
Analysis of the nature of the effects and impacts of the event or practice on Indigenous Australians.
Discussion of the relevance of educators having an understanding of this historical event or practice and how it contributes to deeper understandings about teaching and learning with Indigenous cultures.
Composition of your essay including referencing.
Your work will be assessed using the following marking guide:
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