Learning / Knowledge Systems Theme
Presented by Dr Peter Anderson and Prof Simone White
The Australian Professional Standards for teachers require that all teachers will have demonstrable professional expertise in both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education and Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. Current research (Ma Rhea, Anderson & Atkinson, 2012) indicates that a majority of in service teachers are not confident however in the Indigenous education domain. Clearly, pre-service teacher education needs to better prepare teachers to address this issue.
This presentation will showcase how the Faculty of Education at Monash University have taken seriously this work using a Rights based approach and the development of an Indigenous education suite of curriculum units. The curriculum development has been informed by work completed for the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (see White, Ma Rhea, Anderson, Atkinson et al, 2013). This presentation will showcase the content, pedagogy and assessment of each new unit, sharing pre-service teacher’s work and professional learning along the way.
Dr Peter Anderson is a Walpiri/Murinpatha man, he has been appointed as the Director of Indigenous Education and Leadership, for the Faculty of Education at Monash University. He is a respected Indigenous education expert, and has provided high level advice to the Faculty over the past 8 years, he has led teaching programs, course development initiatives. He sits on the Monash University Research Ethics Committee, advising on all matters relating to the conduct of research with Aboriginal people and is Co-Chair of the Monash Indigenous Advisory Committee.
Professor Simone White is the Chair of teacher Education in the Faculty of Education, Monash University. Simone’s publications, research and teaching are focused on the key question of how to best prepare teachers for diverse communities. Her current scholarly and research focus is on teacher education curriculum, early career teachers in diverse settings, teacher professional learning and university-school/community partnerships.
She is currently the Australian Teacher Education Association President.