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Teacher Education Review - Indigenous Studies for all Teachers

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  • Lessard, George
    Teacher Education Review - Indigenous Studies for all Teachers Excerpt from the AEU Submission to the Teacher Education Review, October 2002
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      Teacher Education Review - Indigenous Studies for all Teachers

      Excerpt from the AEU Submission to the Teacher Education Review, October
      2002
      http://www.aeufederal.org.au/Atsi/IndigenousEducationReview.html

      The AEU believes that all teachers employed in the public education system
      in Australia should complete a comprehensive sequence of Indigenous studies
      as a minimum requirement for their employment. To be a teacher in
      contemporary Australia, one must know about Indigenous students, their
      communities, their needs, their heritage, appropriate pedagogical approaches
      to meet the needs of Indigenous students and their communities. This applies
      to all who would earn the worthy title of teacher and whether they will
      teach in schools with large Indigenous enrolments or not. Every Australian
      student should have teachers who are knowledgeable in these essential areas.

      The AEU seeks to ensure that all undergraduate teacher education programs,
      within an agreed time-frame, build in significant and assessable mandatory
      Indigenous studies units.

      In this context, Indigenous Studies are referred to as studies about
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures. The AEU believes
      that teacher education programs should be developed and delivered with
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In this manner, Indigenous
      Studies would include as a base:

      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, prior and
      subsequent to invasion;

      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teaching and learning processes;

      The development of teaching practices which meet the needs of Indigenous
      students;
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages;

      Teaching practices which meet the needs of ESL/EFL speakers.

      The AEU recognises that there is ample research which signifies our failure
      as a nation to provide teachers with the professional skills and knowledge
      required to work effectively with Indigenous peoples. Further, lack of
      access to this sort of pre-service training has contributed to the low level
      of learning outcomes achieved by Indigenous students. We therefore seek your
      support.

      Indigenous Education Fact Sheet No.1 - Indigenous Studies for all Teachers
      (September 2002) (in pdf format)
      http://www.aeufederal.org.au/Atsi/IndigenousEducationFS1.pdf

      Other information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education issues
      can be found by clicking here.
      http://www.aeufederal.org.au/Atsi/index2.html

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      http://www.aeufederal.org.au/Atsi/index2.html

      http://www.aeufederal.org.au/

      Australian Education Union - Federal Office
      120 Clarendon Street, Southbank, Victoria, Australia 3006
      Ph: +61 3 9693 1800 Fax: +61 3 9693 1805
      Email: aeu@...
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