This unit (ETS5004) provides Pre-Service Teachers (PSTs) with a comprehensive knowledge of curriculum and pedagogy in their specialised discipline areas for teaching post-compulsory certificates. PSTs will collaborate with their peers to facilitate a student-centred learning environment in order to practise innovative and engaging pedagogies for senior secondary students. PSTs will develop their capacity to plan lesson sequences at the senior level, to differentiate learning and to determine students' knowledge using formative and summative assessment. This unit will provide PSTs 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. Articulate knowledge of how students learn at senior secondary levels in their specialisation area, and the role of pedagogy, theoretical models, principles and practices of teaching senior students in developing effective teaching plans.  
  2. Design, develop and evaluate a senior unit of work that includes a sequence of lesson plans which employ a range of teaching resources, strategies and differentiation approaches to assessment that support inclusive student participation and engagement.  
  3. Evaluate the range of assessment strategies and how these approaches can be applied to assess senior secondary students' learning.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Pedagogy and Curriculum Report 30%
Project Unit plans including relevant assessment (Group) 40%
Presentation Assessment task presentation 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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