Topic review

Module 3 review

Indigenous identities

This topic explored representations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity.

It also emphasised the understanding that diverse cultural identity in Australia is an essential element of achieving reconciliation, including the recognition that embracing and celebrating each other’s diversity as individuals does not take away from the common identity Indigenous peoples share.

The importance of considering perspectives is also emphasised for in the past, the achievements and perspectives of Indigenous peoples have, to differing extents, been overlooked leaving a great sense of undeserved injustice.

The portrayal of Indigenous identity in the media has been touched on in this topic as something for educators to critically reflect on.

Questions for review:

  • Consider whether your knowledge of Indigenous Australia has influenced your understanding of reconciliation.
  • Would you consider including NITV programs in your curriculum? Why/why not?
  • Do you think the way in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identities have been portrayed in the media impacts on reconciliation today?

Choose one Focus Area of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers where you could apply the knowledge and skills you have gained from Topic 1, such as:

2.4 Understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Demonstrate broad knowledge of, understanding of, and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and languages. (Graduate level)Professional knowledge

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate teachers)

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