This course has bad reviews from previous years- but myself and my cohort really thoroughly enjoyed this course and all of the valuable information it provided future teachers for the difficult Australian educational landscape. The lecturer gets a bad rap- but shes actually incredibly knowledgeable and really, really helpful and easy to listen to. The message is so important it really overrides any of the negatives this course has been given. People take this issue way too lightly and so if stern words are said, then they need to be.
The tutorials are really informative and engaging, the activities really prepare you for courses you will do in the future using ACARA and the curriculum/practice standards- its only a light step in to these but really necessary and makes you feel somewhat prepared to be a teacher. ENJOY! you have to go to the tuts and do the weekly readings- these are absolutely essential for the final assessment which is heavily weighted at 40%.
Semester 2 - 2015
Bachelor Of Arts/Bachelor of Education
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Is the textbook necessary?
No textbooks- Weekly readings are essential
Such an important message is sent- incredibly valuable course
only goes for 8 weeks- AMAZING to help with your other subject loads.
The tuts are really interactive and engaging- MUST GO TO ALL OF THEM TO PASS!
Sadly disappointed with this course. Indigenous knowledge could have been a very interesting course to take... But it isn't.
Assessment: the annotated bibliography was poorly explained. If I had not trusted my instinct to send the lead tutor a 'example' when it was offered, I probably would not have passed the assessment. A guide to how to write an annotated bibliography was posted to Blackboard with no further instruction on "how we want it" which caused issues for many students. The learning journal we had to write in tutorials was pointless and didn't make me think any deeper about the readings or the tutorial/lecture/issues covered. I just wrote that it did, because that's clearly what they're looking for. Also, having to hand-write it is ridiculous, what century do we live in? Like being in year 8 in school again where you can't be trusted with a computer or your own space for reflection. Do it on Blackboard or on a blog or something and give it some more meaning and give students more time to reflect. And the final presentations are really a chance to show what we have learned about embedding Indigenous knowledge in the curriculum. Which I don't feel we learned how to do well enough to complete the assessment in a way that I felt comfortable that we had successfully achieved what they wanted us to.
Tutorials: too long. Two hours of listening to biased opinions, hand-writing learning journals, and not embedding the practices the tutor spoke about as being so important... I have to be honest it was so incredibly boring I nearly fell asleep most weeks. If tutorials were not compulsory I would have skipped this one every week without fail.
I feel we didn't learn anything in this course because of the biased opinions of the tutor (which, unfortunately are accurate and largely reflected in the readings) about how the system is broken - but they didn't provide us a practical tool to get out and fix it, because at the end of the day it all comes down to government legislation and the national curriculum, which, unless that changes, is make-or-break for the issues discussed in the course.
Lectures were dull and not engaging and just more of the same story as the tutorials. Not worth getting up for this 8am lecture slot.
Increased 'difficulty' rating of the course due to ridiculous level of content, poorly structured/worded tutorials and assessment. Anyone who has the misfortune of doing this course, just be prepared to dive in head-first and hope for the best unless they change it drastically.
This course was / is quite poor and contradictory. I am currently studying it but I do not need any more of the remaining weeks to conclude that I don't like this course.
They (teaching team) aim to get students aware of the Indigenous curriculum by teaching it to us via a White Prism.
My tutor was / is terrible and I learned absolutely nothing from her. Nothing. I feel from this course all I did was regurgitate what the teaching team wanted to hear. I didn't learn anything that I feel I can expand on, I learned practical tools for my classroom, sure, but deep learning? Yeah, no, that didn't happen. Especially not in tutorials.
My tutor saying that she'd not use poor spelling against us for our Learning Log Books because we don't have access to spell check and therefore it's okay to be a bad speller. Um...we're training to be teachers? So I think we need to be good spellers regardless of our access to Spell Check.
I couldn't be more angry with this course, executed so poorly.
No higher order thinking happened / was facilitated by the tutor in tutorials, she segmented us the way a White school would. She should have embedded Indigenous forms within the tutorial itself e.g. Yarning Circle.