Teacher guide Upskilling Kimberley Aboriginal Teaching Assistants

TLF ID S7037

This teacher resource describes how the Catholic Education Office of Western Australia worked to support its Aboriginal Teaching Assistants (ATAs) to undertake approved study programs to improve their knowledge, skills and competencies so that they could meet the needs of Aboriginal students and their families in the school community. The resource is organised in nine sections: Summary; Target student group; Method; Results; Lessons learned; Next steps; Research base; Further reading and links; and Contacts.



Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a valuable resource for education systems and schools seeking to support their Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander staff members to improve their qualifications. It highlights the benefits of such a strategy, pointing out how the confidence and effectiveness of the teacher assistants improved; how they enhanced their students' learning; upheld both-ways learning and contributed to keeping traditional language strong.
  • The resource is of value for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures cross-curriculum priority, particularly in relation to the priority's theme about living, learning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Aboriginal staff members are committed to remaining in their communities and qualified Aboriginal teachers and teacher assistants are a vital part of school and community continuity in remote areas.
Year level

F; 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10

Learning area
  • English;
  • Mathematics
Strand
  • English/Literacy
  • Mathematics/Measurement and geometry
  • Mathematics/Number and algebra
  • Mathematics/Statistics and probability

    Other details

    Contributors
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 2014-04-04
    • Name: Education Services Australia
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: AUSTRALIA
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
    • Copyright holder
    • Date of contribution: 2014-04-04
    • Name: Commonwealth of Australia
    • Organisation: Commonwealth of Australia
    • Address: AUSTRALIA
    • URL: http://www.australia.gov.au
    Metadata contributors
    • Resource metadata contributed by
    • Name: Education Services Australia
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: AUSTRALIA
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
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    • Teacher guide
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    • © 2014 Commonwealth of Australia, unless otherwise indicated. This material is provided under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike licence (CC BY-SA 3.0 AU) unless otherwise indicated. You may distribute, remix and build upon this material, provided that you include the acknowledgement '© Commonwealth of Australia 2014' and license under the same terms any new creations you have based on the material.