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Coffs Harbour Session 1,  2 Session 1,  2
Gold Coast Session 1,  2 Session 1,  2
Lismore Session 1,  2 Session 1,  2
Online Session 1,  2 N/A

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Former School/College

Former School of Education

Unit aim

Stimulate students' thinking about key educational questions of why, what and how we educate, with a particular focus on critical thinking and reflection. Students will consider these questions as an introduction to some of the foundations of the applied discipline of education. The unit examines the ways historical, political and practical understandings of education apply in the Australian context in order to challenge preconceived notions of schooling and education. The unit content establishes a framework for students to build their own perspectives of the nature and purpose of education.

Unit content

Module 1: Studying education

  • Understanding education
  • Purpose of education
  • History of education
  • Politics of education
  • Theories of education

Module 2: Being an educator

  • Australian education
  • Immersion experience
  • Wellbeing and relationships
  • Recognition and participation
  • Thinking critically about education

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate understanding of foundational educational concepts, contexts and issues.
2 demonstrate ability to critically reflect and synthesise academic literature to critique educational theories and practices.
3 identify and analyse education practices.
4 reflect on personal assumptions and beliefs about the nature and purpose of education.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate understanding of foundational educational concepts, contexts and issues.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. demonstrate ability to critically reflect and synthesise academic literature to critique educational theories and practices.
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA5:
    • GA6:
    • GA7:
  3. identify and analyse education practices.
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA3:
    • GA7:
  4. reflect on personal assumptions and beliefs about the nature and purpose of education.
    • GA5:

Prescribed texts

  • Kemmis, S & Edwards-Groves, C, 2018, Understanding Education, Springer, Singapore.

  • Kemmis, S & Edwards-Groves, C, 2018, Understanding Education, Springer, Singapore.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.