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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: TCHE5882C

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

School: 360T Education

Campus: Brunswick 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

Jacqueline Rumble

Lydia Burns

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

This unit is part of Certificate IV in Education Support program. You will study this unit with several other units on the same day. Your program consists of face to face teaching, Unsupervised Directed Study and you are required to participate in compulsory work placement. It is strongly advised you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency. You are not required to attend to complete Unsupervised Directed Study, however you are expected to complete the work given and will at times be required to show evidence the work has been completed. Your Unsupervised Directed Study will be posted on Blackboard.
 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

• 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 independent study time and practical work relevant to the unit of competency.

Teaching Schedule

This unit will be delivered weekly.
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. Should the teaching schedule change students will be advised via blackboard.
Library Orientation & an RMIT Online Systems Information Session will be scheduled during the first two weeks of your program. Information about student services, rights and responsibilities is contained in your student diary.

WeekCHCEDS024 Use educational strategies to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander education Elements

Unit Overview including assessments

Policies & legislation  

Requirements of anti-discrimination legislation                                              



 Principles and practices of cultural awareness and cross-cultural communication


Cultural groups
 Local cultural identity

4Australian Aboriginal history
Impact of European invasion

Preparation for Melbourne Museum Excursion


 Melbourne Museum Excursion


Communication differences and protocols with Community

 Cultural Awareness week


Community engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders



 Positive relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders
 Cultural competence



Using cultural diversity to enhance learning


Building positive education environments
 Strategies to influence planning


 Community resources
  Benefits of diversity to the school community


Identifying barriers to student learning


Language and numeracy learning


Contextualising literacy and numeracy resources
 Developing own skills




 Developing and applying strategies to support student learning


Working Collaboratively to support learning








EXPO - Educational Strategy 

Unit review




Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

There are no set texts in this course. 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
• 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: Melbourne Museum Task  (Week 5)

Assessment 2 : Educational Strategies (Week 13)

Assessment 3 : Literacy and Numeracy  (Week 17)

Assessment 4: Observation and Demonstration in work placement (weeks 11-17)

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 matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency and with the critical aspects of assessment for each unit. The assessment matrix for units will be available on Blackboard for students to access.

Other Information

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 may be asked to attend interviews with relevant teachers and Program Coordinator to discuss academic progress.
Assessment Academic Progress
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
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this

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