Assignment 3: Written Reflections & Critical Analysis

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Academic Essay. Written Reflections & Critical Analysis:

This unit has been designed to empower teachers to be better informed about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education.

Critically analyse and reflect on one of the 6 key thematic areas of this unit listed below, examine the significance and relevance of your chosen theme to your future role as a teacher, and identify strategies to enhance your effectiveness in the classroom, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

  1. Country and story;
  2. Indigenous Knowledges;
  3. Indigenous literacies and Aboriginal English;
  4. Aboriginal Education Policies in NSW and Federally;
  5. The stories being engaged in, within the Australian ‘History Wars’;
  6. Incorporating and engaging Aboriginal perspectives in the teaching of a chosen curriculum area (Specify chosen focus).

 In this essay include the following:

  1. Critical reflection and analysis of your perceived personal and individual role as future teachers.
  2. Analysis and reflection of pedagogical components in quality Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education.
  3. Critical analysis and personal reflections of the readings engaged in as they relate to your chosen thematic area.

Weighting: 45%

 Length and/or format: 1800 words

Purpose: This assignment is designed to allow you to reflect on your experiences  and learning journey and illustrate how you have furthered your understanding through an engagement with the perspectives and knowing shared by academic voices contained within the various readings provided, and other material and sources you have independently been researching. This final assignment is about the level of understanding and insight you have gained and can bring to your teaching as a synthesis of knowledge about your chosen theme.

 Learning outcomes assessed: 1-4 inclusively

Assessment criteria: The essay will be assessed using the following criteria:

  • clear identification of chosen theme embedded within a clear and concise introduction
  • degree of personal reflection and critical analysis
  • well developed and coherent argument demonstrated through clear illustrations or examples
  • clear demonstration of your perception of your role as a future teacher to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pedagogy and perspectives in the curriculum
  • degree of scholarly research
  • well developed and coherent conclusion
  • APA ‘in text’ referencing and Reference list


This unit requires you to use the APA referencing system (7th ed.)

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