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Sample work Aboriginal Studies Stage 5: Case Study of an Aboriginal Enterprise/Organisation

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Sample work Aboriginal Studies Stage 5: Case Study of an Aboriginal Enterprise/Organisation

Description of activity

Students will complete a case study, using ethical research skills and appropriate consultation protocols, of a local Aboriginal enterprise or organisation in an area such as land development, tourism, or visual and performing arts. They then develop a report that describes the enterprise/organisation including its role, origins, contribution to employment and economic independence and its relationship with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities. Students will present their findings as both an oral presentation in class and as a written report.

Students could use the internet to find an Aboriginal enterprise or organisation to research. Each student collects information relating to their selected enterprise using the guided questions. This information might be obtained by interviews, email, web searches and other methods including site visits or guest speakers.

This activity should take six to eight weeks, and will be peer-assessed and teacher-assessed, with reference to the criteria and marking guidelines.

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This activity is found in the unit of work The Diversity of Aboriginal Enterprises and Organisations Today. This activity is designed to revise and strengthen the students’ use of the protocol document Working with Aboriginal Communities. Students are required to involve the local/regional Aboriginal community when they research an Aboriginal enterprise or organisation.


A student:

5.5 explains the importance of families and communities to Aboriginal Peoples

5.7 assesses the significance of contributions of Aboriginal Peoples to Australian society

5.8 analyses the interaction of the wider Australian community with Aboriginal Peoples and cultures

5.10 independently identifies and applies appropriate community consultation protocols and ethical practices to gather and interpret data

5.11 independently utilises a range of research techniques and technologies to locate, select, organise and communicate information and findings

Criteria for assessing learning

(These criteria would normally be communicated to students with the activity.)

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • effectively undertake the research and select appropriate information using a wide range of sources, including the local community
  • demonstrate the use of ethical research skills including the application of appropriate consultation protocols
  • provide an accurate description of the organisation, the reasons for its establishment, its impact on employment and economic independence and its relationship with the wider Australian community in its area
  • effectively present research findings using appropriate terms and concepts.

Work Sample Assessment


Tracy has provided an accurate description of the organisation and its impact on the Aboriginal community as well as in the wider community. He/she has used research effectively and presented the findings using appropriate terms and concepts in a well-structured report. Tracy has provided examples of the contributions of Aboriginal people to Australian society, their self-determination and autonomy. This work sample demonstrates characteristics of work typically produced by a student performing at grade C standard.

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