Preservice teachers will deepen their professional knowledge, skills and abilities to teach in an approved primary school specialisation. In the selected specialisation area preservice teachers undertake in-depth studies and research into primary curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. They research aspects of twenty first century teaching and learning in rapidly changing global, social, economic, environmental and technological contexts that inform content, pedagogy, curriculum and assessment of students' learning, skills, capacities and cultural understandings. Preservice teachers investigate the research-teaching-practice triangle in learning about the importance of research for teacher preparation and professional practice aimed at improving school students' learning. Students will be involved in a 10 day teaching experience during which time they will develop and apply ethically appropriate methods for collecting data through classroom observations, teacher feedback, assessment of students' learning and knowledge.They will collate and analyse data and critically evaluate their own teaching and further build their professional competence, creativity, critical analysis, and problem solving ability.

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Satisfactory completion of 30 days of practicum.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify, analyse and critically review the core components of a school program relevant to their specialisation  
  2. Design, implement and evaluate a teaching and learning program or unit of work for their subject domain specialisation incorporating relevant core components of a school program  
  3. Create a safe and supportive learning environment that caters for challenging behaviours and meets child protection legislation, duty of care, and workplace health and safety requirements  
  4. Elucidate strengths and weaknesses of the teaching and learning plan (and act on this advice to modify teaching practice) including data on student learning and mentor feedback.  
  5. Collate and analyse research evidence from their classroom practice by applying ethically appropriate methods for collecting and reporting data about a teaching element of their specialisation  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Present an investigative proposal on the chosen specialisation 20%
Project Design, teach and evaluate a unit of work 40%
Research Paper An investigation in (teaching) practice 40%
Satisfactory completion of 10 days of teaching placement and mentor teacher report. Assessments are the equivalent of 8000 words in total.

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