Initial Teacher Education

Improving teaching in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education

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We acknowledge the traditional and original owners of this continent and pay respect to today’s Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities who are its custodians – including in particular their past, present and future Elders.

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Project overview

The key priorities of this project were to support new and existing teachers in meeting Focus Areas 1.4 and 2.4 of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers specify what teachers should know and be able to do in order to teach Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and to teach all students about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, history and culture. The requirements are:

Throughout the project key research has been undertaken and resources to support new and existing teachers have been developed.

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We acknowledge the designer of the Aboriginal Flag, Mr Harold Thomas, and the Torres Strait Islander flag, the late Mr Bernard Namok.

Research

Research was undertaken to support both new teachers, through their initial teacher education, and existing teachers through their professional development opportunities.

Initial Teacher Education

Learning the Lessons? Pre-Service Teacher Preparation for Teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students.

This report collates the findings of a national and international literature review of pre-service teacher education in respect of Indigenous students, with particular regard for the strategies, knowledge and skills imparted to pre-service teachers in preparation for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and engaging with parents and communities. The report further outlines the results of a desktop environmental audit of all Australian public universities, focusing on the Indigenous undergraduate education elements of pre-service teacher training.

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Professional learning

Improving Teaching in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education: National Professional Standards for Teachers, Focus Areas 1.4 and 2.4

This research examined the current and future provision of teacher professional development in the field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education in consideration of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, in particular Focus Areas 1.4 and 2.4, at the national and state and territory local levels.

Resources to support initial teacher education & ongoing professional learning