This unit (ETS5003) provides Pre-Service Teachers with a sound understanding of curriculum and pedagogy in their specialisation discipline areas at the 7-10 level. They will critique and investigate a range of existing resources to teach their specialisation areas, including Digital Technologies. Specific information regarding curriculum and the teaching styles that practitioners in this discipline area use to facilitate student engagement will be examined. This unit supports students' capacity to plan for and implement effective teaching and learning sequences, and create specific lesson and unit plans. In addition, students will develop their capacity to differentiate learning activities and manage classroom activities and environments through the effective use of verbal and non-verbal communication strategies.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate an understanding of key content in the year 7-10 Victorian Curriculum in their specialisation areas.  
  2. Analyse the principles and practices of pedagogy in their specialisation areas for teaching Years 7 - 10 with a focus on engaging and differentiating learning for diverse student cohorts in safe and challenging learning environments.  
  3. Critique a range of pedagogical approaches and resources, including Digital Technologies, that engages school students in their learning.  
  4. Construct, develop, and manage the implementation of classroom activities that use both verbal and non-verbal communication strategies and Digital Technologies to manage classroom environments  


Assessment type Description Grade
ICT (Wiki, Web sites) Effective Teaching Pedagogies Video (5 min) 20%
Project Unit plans 40%
Presentation Microteaching Presentation with Peer Feedback 40%

Required reading

Links to recommended readings and resources for this unit will be provided to students via the Learning Management System (VU Collaborate)

Learning for Teaching: Teaching for Learning (3rd Ed.)
Whitton, D et al., (2016)
Sydney, Cengage Learning Australia

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