Investigate local history

Relationships, Respect barometer, with Assessment caption

Assessment objective

Investigate a local community context—the history and contemporary issues and their impact on education and submit a result of your investigation (800 words).

Recent education scholarship argues that to be an effective educator you must know your students and their local community context in an in-depth way to establish positive relationships and develop relevant learning programs.


AssessmentGuide to investigation 

  • Select a school and investigate its local community context. The school and its local community should be selected from the Professional Experience (PRAC) that you have either been on or will go on or be selected from a school/local community context.
  • Your review should include:

Cultural groups

  1. Identify the traditional owners of the area and identify the current cultural/language group/s of the area.
    1. What is the name of the cultural/language group/s?
    2. Where is their country?
    3. What is the current status of their language?
    4. Note any specific kinship systems.
    5. Include any other interesting or relevant information you find.


  1. Provide the contact details of the people/organisation/s who could connect you to the Elders of the cultural/language group/s of the area (i.e. Land Council; Aboriginal Education Consultative Group) AND identify the Elders of the cultural/language group/s of the area if possible and culturally appropriate.
    Identify their roles in their present communities. Inquire how their roles evolved (if they have), the factors involved in this role evolution and the impact to the community.

Local Indigenous history

  1. Provide an overview of the history/ies of the specific Indigenous Australian cultural/language group/s of the region.
    1. How were the local Indigenous people affected by policies and practices such as colonisation/invasion, dispossession, protectionism, segregation, assimilation, Stolen Generations and reserves/missions?
    2. Are there any key features or events of their history i.e. notable leaders, particular happenings, evidence of resistance, community action?

Current context

  1. Provide an overview of the position/s of Indigenous cultures and peoples of the selected local town/suburb/place.
    1. How would you describe current Indigenous/non-Indigenous relationships and what is your evidence of this?
    2. Do you see evidence of reconciliation, social justice, self-determination at work?
    3. Refer to the Reconciliation Barometer as a basis for your discussion.


  1. Reflect on the role of a local history study. Comment on the significance of local history in education in terms of curriculum and pedagogy.

Assessment activity contributed by Charles Sturt University