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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

School/College

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate an understanding of foundational educational concepts, contexts and issues. Ethical practice
2 demonstrate ability to reflect on and critique educational theories and practices. Ethical practice Cultural competence
3 demonstrate an ability to identify and analyse education practices. Creativity Ethical practice Cultural competence
4 demonstrate an ability to reflect on personal assumptions and beliefs about the nature and purpose of education. Creativity

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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of foundational educational concepts, contexts and issues.
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  2. demonstrate ability to reflect on and critique educational theories and practices.
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. demonstrate an ability to identify and analyse education practices.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. demonstrate an ability to reflect on personal assumptions and beliefs about the nature and purpose of education.
    • GA2: Creativity

Prescribed texts

  • Readings, (available on learning site)..

  • Readings, (available on learning site)..
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.