This unit is designed for pre-service teachers undertaking approved international opportunities as part of their course. This may be through participation in an organised short-term study tour to a specified country for the purpose of completing a placement; or completing an exchange (or a short course) at an overseas institution where the university student will engage in a unit of study about education in that country. The focus of this unit is for the university student to engage in more sophisticated reflection about a series of real-life intercultural teaching and learning experiences, and to mentor their peers in diverse cultural and pedagogical settings. They will develop a broader awareness of diverse cultures, and the relationship between culture and education. They will return to Australia with skills, knowledge and resources for teaching about the country that they have visited. These skills will enable them to teach learners with diverse cultural, linguistic, and religious backgrounds, as well as developing intercultural skills and knowledge amongst Australian students.   

All applications to undertake this unit must first be approved by your course coordinator at Victoria University. Where a preservice teacher has received funding to undertake a study tour, there is a requirement that funding assistance must be reimbursed to the university if the preservice teacher does not pass the unit.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
EEE3013

Prerequisites

College permission required

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply an understanding of other cultures and societies, and the impact of culture and history on teaching and learning contexts;  
  2. Critically evaluate the implementation of pedagogical approaches for diverse cultural classrooms within an international context; and  
  3. Actively participate in an international Project Partnership experience and engage in reflexive practices.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Report Lesson Plans: Students will prepare a series of lesson plans for teaching in their host country. 30%
Journal Journal: Students will complete a Praxis Inquiry journal to reflect on their experiences. 60%
Presentation Presentation of a report which is peer assessed. 10%
Effective word limit of 3000 words, or equivalent.

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