In this unit you will engage in an exploration of curriculum, assessment and reporting in a primary school setting. This exploration will be framed within the paradigm of 21st century understandings and practices of powerful learning and teaching. The unit will enable you to enhance your awareness of historical, political and global influences on curriculum, assessment and reporting. In addition you will develop an ability to apply current assessment and reporting practices in your primary specialisation area to an advanced level. Through reflective practices and self-analysis, you will develop an individualised, personal action plan that is responsive to your own needs and strengths leading into and during the final placement. This specialised primary knowledge will also equip you with the necessary skills to effectively implement effective expert teaching and learning strategies during your final primary placement.

In this context you will engage in professional experience in a primary school. In this unit you will demonstrate your ability to organise content into effective teaching sequences in primary setting. Through the lens of your primary specialisation you will also demonstarate an ability to;
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of your primary specialisation in ways that facilitate inclusive and innovative classroom activities in your area of expertise
  • Apply advanced knowledge of your primary specialisation in ways that allow you to effectively respond to assessment and reporting data in your area of expertise
  • Draw on expert knowledge of your primary specialisation to develop innovative curriculum in that area 

Your work in this unit will provide you with the opportunity to choose and use range of resources that can assist you in planning implementing and evaluating effective student learning.  You will also develop your skills in keeping accurate and reliable records of students' work and progress.

Your professional acumen and expert knowledge in your primary specialisation will be further demonstrated by your in-depth knowledge and understanding of legislative requirements in education in this area. You will demonstrate your ability to access professional development in your specialised field and use relevant and appropriate sources that facilitate effective student learning.

This unit links with the course intentions of equipping preservice teachers with expert content knowledge in their chosen primary curriculum area. The unit also connects with the course learning outcomes of demonstrating an understanding of a broad and coherent body of knowledge of content, pedagogy, curriculum and assessment in relation to their primary specialisation.  It also focuses on the learning outcomes related to the development of abilities to work in partnerships with schools to interrogate and critically analyse the role and practice of education, for the purpose of continuous improvement.

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ECP3101 - Junior Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy

ECP3102 - Secondary Specialisation Assessment and Reporting

ECP3103 - Senior Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy

ECP3104 - Innovations in Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy

Satisfactory completion of Year 3 secondary school practicum Successful completion of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Education (LANTITE) for students enrolled in EBED only. This unit is only for Education students undetaking the courses EBED, ABED and HBED.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically analyse formative and summative assessment tasks in order to demonstrate an advanced understanding of assessment practices in their primary specialisation area.  
  2. Critically analyse the dilemmas and debates in regard to the issues of curriculum in their chosen primary specialisation, which may be influenced by historical, socio-cultural and political factors.  
  3. Demonstrate familiarity with the legislative requirements for their primary specialisation, including those for students with disabilities.  
  4. Articulate an advanced understanding of how choices about curriculum, assessment and assessment moderation in their primary specialisation is linked to issues of equity and social justice  
  5. Demonstrate understanding of a range of strategies for reporting to students, parents/carers, including the purpose of keeping accurate and reliable records of student achievement, and show familiarity with a range of strategies for involving parents/carers in the educative process.  
  6. Apply expert content knowledge to teaching and learning domains in their chosen primary specialisation.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Primary Specialisation: Analysis of assessment and reporting 30%
Exercise AfGT Element 4 20%
Review Conduct a review of curriculum, including a critical analysis of teaching and learning in chosen primary specialisation. 50%

Required reading

Curriculum and assessment: storylines 2nd edn
Ewing, R 2013
Oxford University Press, Australia

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