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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

Focuses on the key issues associated with being a professional in the secondary education sector. Emphasis is placed on understanding the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that will be required of students throughout their degree program as well as in their future careers in secondary school settings.

Unit content

Module 1: Becoming a teacher - The role of educators in a secondary school context - Reflecting on personal challenges and goals in becoming a teacher including the need for personal literacy and numeracy - Becoming a teacher, and the teacher's role within the faculty, the school and communities - An introduction to secondary teacher competencies and professional teaching standards. 

Module 2: Curriculum and pedagogy - Major trends in education - historical, contemporary and emerging - Defining and introducing 'curriculum' across the K-12 continuum of learning - Literacy, numeracy and ICT skills in the context of curriculum and how they relate to key learning areas - Defining and introducing 'pedagogy'. 

Module 3: The learning community - Embracing diversity and building positive relationships with young people, their families, and the wider community - Knowledge, skills, attitudes and values for teaching and caring for young people, including child protection - The teacher as a reflective practitioner and lifelong learner. 

** This unit will include three observation day visits to schools.

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 analyse historical, contemporary and emerging ideas, contexts and trends in education and teachers' roles
2 demonstrate an understanding of various aspects of teaching and learning such as pedagogy, curriculum, literacy, numeracy and ICT
3 reflect on knowledge, skills, attitudes and values in relation to adolescent behaviour, building positive relationships with students, families and the wider community
4 analyse educational ideas and issues through research, and use this research to reflect on understanding and personal approaches to learning and teaching.

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

  1. analyse historical, contemporary and emerging ideas, contexts and trends in education and teachers' roles
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  2. demonstrate an understanding of various aspects of teaching and learning such as pedagogy, curriculum, literacy, numeracy and ICT
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  3. reflect on knowledge, skills, attitudes and values in relation to adolescent behaviour, building positive relationships with students, families and the wider community
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  4. analyse educational ideas and issues through research, and use this research to reflect on understanding and personal approaches to learning and teaching.
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
    • GA6: