This unit provides an introduction to the post compulsory education environment, and adult learning theories, frameworks, principles and approaches relevant to this environment. Participants will address the critical elements of quality teaching and learning grounded in contemporary evidence-based research. They will  apply those elements to specific disciplines or fields of study, and link theory and practice through a range of activities. A variety of teaching and learning contexts and modes of delivery are explored. This unit of study includes peer review and teaching observation accompanied by positive constructive feedback

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On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critique and propose adult learning theories to inform their teaching practice in the current post-secondary environment.  
  2. Review the characteristics of learners and teaching context, and articulate how these influence their own teaching practice  
  3. Through reflective practice evaluate teaching practice including observation and constructive feedback.  
  4. Critically reflect on and justify changes to their own teaching practice; utilising scholarly approaches incorporating theoretical knowledge, peer observation, feedback and learner performance  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Observation activity: provide constructive feedback, and analyse and reflect on impact (1,000 words) 25%
Review Critique observations of teaching through adult learning theories (1,500 words) 30%
Portfolio Critical reflection of own teaching using a scholarly approach to justify changes to lesson plans (2,000 words) 45%

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