Course Title: Use educational strategies to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander education

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: TCHE5881C

Course Title: Use educational strategies to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander education

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4349 - Certificate IV in Education Support

Course Contact: Soosan Kian Robyn Blaikie

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 9183 03 9925 4383

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Fiona Dean

Nominal Hours: 55

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

No specific pre-requisite and co-requisite.

Course Description

This unit focuses on the skills and knowledge required to support, contribute to and coordinate education opportunities for students, including those from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCEDS024 Use educational strategies to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander education


1. Contribute to a positive education environment

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Access and clarify organisation policies and legislation relating to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander education with relevant personnel 1.2 Build positive relationships that value diversity through all interactions with students 1.3 Identify and consult with appropriate persons to obtain knowledge of local region and cultural identity 1.4 Contribute to the planning and inclusion of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander contexts in education programs and the learning environment


2. Support community engagement

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Access community resources and personnel in a culturally appropriate way which shows respect for local culture and customs 2.2 Invite community members to contribute personally and/or through provision of resources to education programs 2.3 Negotiate with community members regarding approaches to provision of pastoral care initiatives ensuring the inclusion of appropriate personnel


3. Support the cultural identity of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Develop own skills and knowledge to enhance interactions with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students 3.2 Support the management of information in a culturally appropriate manner, including identification of how and with whom information can be shared 3.3 Provide opportunities for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students to share local context and cultural knowledge 3.4 Use cultural diversity to enhance education opportunities for all students


4. Support literacy and numeracy strategies

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Select and where necessary contextualise literacy and numeracy resources to create meaningful learning experiences in consultation with the teacher 4.2 Support the management of literacy and numeracy program resources and personnel 4.3 Select delivery and communication strategies in consultation with the teacher 4.4 Obtain advice to identify barriers to learning and to develop strategies that match the students' learning needs

Learning Outcomes

This unit develops the skills and knowledge required to support, contribute to and coordinate education opportunities for students, including those from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.On successful completion of this unit, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

The student learning experience will be facilitated through participation in a range of activities:
Work placement
Group discussion
Research assignments
Guest speakers
Oral and/or written questions on "What if?" scenarios
Action learning projects in work placement
Realistic simulations and role play
Practical demonstrations and direct observation of actual work and simulated work practice
Oral Presentations
Individual and group projects - Completing the projects will include negotiated unsupervised, directed study time and practical work relevant to the unit of competency
Your program consists of a combination of learning activities through a range of delivery methods including: face to face teaching, online activities and unsupervised Directed Study and you are expected to participate in workplacement.
Your experiences through relevant work and work placement during the program are a very important part of your learning and assessment. Your RMIT teacher will organise Professional conversations with you during the program where you have the opportunity to expand on your workplacement experiences as part of evidence for relevant assessment. You will also receive feedback from your mentor/supervisor. You are expected to attend workplacement regularly and the attendance schedule can be negotiated between you, your RMIT teacher and workplacement supervisor/mentor.

Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources

Week 1
Policies and legislation 
Requirements of anti-discrimination legislation
Principles and practices of cultural awareness and cross-cultural

Week 2
Cultural groups
Local cultural identity, Culture and language

E1 E2 E3

Week 3
Community resources 
Benefits of diversity to the school community
E1 E2 E3

Week 4
Australian Aboriginal history 
Impact of European invasion
E3 E4

Week 5
Communication differences
Communication protocols with Community
E2 E3 E4

Week 6
Building positive education environments
Strategies to influence planning
E1 E2 E3

Week 7
Language and numeracy learning
Language Kriol/AE/SAE

Barriers to learning western systems of language
E2 E3 E4

Week 8
Contextualising literacy and numeracy resources
Developing own skills
E2 E3 E4

Week 9
Using cultural diversity to enhance learning
Community engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
E1 E2 E3 E4

Week 10
Positive relationships support learning
Cultural competence

Two way learning
E2 E3

Week 11
Identifying barriers to student learning

Two way learning
E3 E4

Week 12
Developing strategies to support student learning

Two way learning

E3 E4

Week 13
Applying strategies to support student learning
E3 E4

Week 14
Reviewing contextualisation of resources
Work collaboratively with Community to support learning
E3 E4

Week 15
Reviewing contextualisation of resources
Work collaboratively with Community to support learning

Obtaining advice and acting on advice
E3 E4


Week 16
Reviewing strategies supporting student learning
Work collaboratively to support learning

Obtaining advice and acting on advice
E3 E4

Week 17
Reviewing and reflecting on strategies to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student learning
E3 E4



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through handouts, our online systems and access to facilities and relevant software. You will also have access to the library resources. It is recommended that you bring:
• Display folder with plastic sleeves
• Highlighter pens
• Notebook or loose leaf paper
• Headphones to be used with ipads etc
• USB (Memory stick)

Overview of Assessment

This unit is part of an integrated program. You must demonstrate Performance and Knowledge Evidence of the unit in order to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks. You may be assessed by:
• Oral or written questioning
• oral presentations
• Assignments and projects
• Direct observation of actual work practice
• Presentation of a portfolio of evidence which may comprise documents, and/or photographs and/or video and audio files
• Work-based activities
• Third-party feedback from a work supervisor/employer
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

The Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at:;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Oral presentation - Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education (Week 6)

Assessment 2: Q&A assignment - Strategies to support learning (Week 13)

Assessment 3 : Observation/Demonstration in workplacement (Week 3-17)

Assessment tasks in this unit are assessed using the following competency based results:

CA - Competency achieved
NYC - Not Yet Competent
All Assessment tasks should be submitted by the due date. If an extension is required please contact your teacher and/or Coordinator before the due date. 
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work.
All assessment tasks including electronically recorded student work will be kept by the University for student feedback and to meet government requirements.
If you are found to be Not Yet Competent in a Course Assessment Task you may be allowed one resubmission only. Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission.


Assessment Matrix

The assessment mapping demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency and with the critical aspects of assessment for each unit.

Other Information

You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.
Attendance - The major learning experience involves participating in face to face classes. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency. 
Feedback - Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Students will be asked to attend mid semester interviews with relevant teachers and Program Coordinator.
Special Consideration - All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Please see the RMIT website for further information. 
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagarism and and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy. 

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