In this unit pre-service teachers investigate the key pedagogical themes and practices that constitute effective teacher education. Major themes that will be covered in this unit are praxis learning, professional practice in partnership and assessment in primary and secondary teaching contexts. Students will develop in-depth knowledge of schooling and teaching within the context of professional guidelines. Emphasis is placed on the development of supportive learning environments through collaborative learning circles whereby generative themes are realised through portfolio dialogue and rich task practice. The unit centres on major debates in education. Pre-service teachers explore the philosophy and possibilities of education including student learning, classroom arrangements, classroom unit and lesson planning and implementation.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Generate key themes of educational, teaching and learning practice that provides explanations for managing student behaviour and attending to the complex issues that characterise diverse learning environments;  
  2. Articulate their understanding of student physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of student learning as related to curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and classroom practice;  
  3. Engage and communicate their knowledge and understanding of educational practice to meet the specific learning needs of all students through development of teaching plans and learning sequences that include clear learning goals, a range of verbal and non-verbal communication strategies, and assessment practices that engage all students; and  
  4. Demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of research into how students learn through designing and implementing curriculum, lesson planning, learning sequences and associated assessment of student learning.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Reflection of professional and ethical standards for teachers 20%
Presentation Presentation and submission of a lesson plan that demonstrates curriculum design, planning and implementation related to AITSL standards. 30%
Essay Critique of practice principles for excellence in teaching and learning. 50%
This unit will involve 15 days of teaching placement and a mentor teacher report, plus the collection of teaching and learning artefacts to support demonstrated teaching practice. Assessment tasks are equivalent to a total 5000 words.

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