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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Education

Unit aim

Provides the foundation for developing competence in students’ teaching skills and strategies by:

  1. examining contemporary theory and practice about effective classroom practice;
  2. completing satisfactorily a professional experience placement in schools; and
  3. examining the important role of school based assessment data in improving student learning outcomes.

Unit content

Module 1: Skills and Strategies for Teaching

Introduces students to the Orientation, Guided Discovery, Exploration and Reflection (OGER) framework. The framework provides a structure that allows for a deeper understanding of planning and an overview of the micro skills for teaching. Assessment as a way to address the learning intentions of lessons will also be addressed.

Module 2: Using Assessment Data to Improve Student Learning

  • reading and interpreting assessment data for effective teaching and quality learning, with a particular focus on data related to literacy and numeracy
  • investigating  and applying national, state and school based assessment processes, data collection and analysis to improve student learning outcomes
  • the importance of keeping accurate and reliable records – the role of ICTs

Module 3: Professional Experience

Students will undertake 20 days of professional experience.

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 Identify and apply relevant national and international research that underpins effective teaching;
2 Link theory to practice by planning, implementing and evaluating teaching and learning experiences;
3 Reflect critically and creatively on teaching practices, drawing on classroom experiences of student learning.
4 Analyse policy documents and procedures with which teachers need to comply, including child protection legislation, teacher duty-of-care and code of conduct obligations;
5 Identify ways in which cohort data on school based assessment can be understood and reported;
6 Use school based assessment data to evaluate and improve professional practice, including improving student learning outcomes.

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

  1. Identify and apply relevant national and international research that underpins effective teaching;
  2. Link theory to practice by planning, implementing and evaluating teaching and learning experiences;
  3. Reflect critically and creatively on teaching practices, drawing on classroom experiences of student learning.
  4. Analyse policy documents and procedures with which teachers need to comply, including child protection legislation, teacher duty-of-care and code of conduct obligations;
  5. Identify ways in which cohort data on school based assessment can be understood and reported;
  6. Use school based assessment data to evaluate and improve professional practice, including improving student learning outcomes.