This unit provides Initial Teacher Educators (ITEs) with a comprehensive knowledge of curriculum and pedagogy in their specialised discipline areas for teaching year 11 and 12 students. ITEs will focus on engaging their peers in engaging and innovative pedagogies to facilitate a student-centred learning environment at the senior secondary school level in order to practice innovative and engaging pedagogies for senior secondary students. ITEss will develop their capacity to plan lesson sequences at the senior level, to differentiate learning and to determine student's knowledge using formative and summative assessment. This content will provide graduates with the skills and capacities to participate as competent and reflective members of the teaching profession.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Derive innovative and engaging lessons and lesson sequences from the VCE specialisation area curriculum and study guide.  
  2. Distinguish the pedagogies, principles and practices of teaching senior students in their specialisation areas in comparison to year 7-10.  
  3. Articulate knowledge of how students learn in at senior secondary levels in their specialisation area, and the role of differentiation in developing effective teaching plans.  
  4. Design, trial and evaluate a senior unit of work that includes a sequence of lesson plans which employ a range of teaching resources, strategies, and approaches to assessment that support inclusive student participation and engagement.  
  5. Evaluate the range of assessment strategies including, informal and formal, diagnostic, formative and summative and how these approaches can be applied to assess senior secondary students learning.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Senior Secondary pedagogies 30%
Project Unit plans including relevant assessment 40%
Review Microteaching 30%
Minimum effective word limit of 5000 words in total.

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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