Personal and Professional Learning for Teaching

Unit code: EEC1111 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park


In this unit you begin your journey as a pre-service teacher or education professional. You will acknowledge at the beginning where you are as a learner; how this develops throughout the unit; how you need to further develop beyond the unit in preparation to join the teaching profession. You are introduced to the concept of personal and professional learning and you will question, investigate and actively reflect on your learning experiences. In addition, you will theorise your own and others' learning experiences in the light of your study of contemporary learning theories. You are encouraged to connect your own experiences with recent developments in education, and within a local, rural and global context, and ask questions such as: Who am I and how do I learn? What is it like to be a learner? What is happening in the world and how does this influence learning? How does this impact on me as a future teacher? You will engage in academic writing for tertiary settings, learn about referencing conventions and will familiarise yourselves with library resources. Finally, you will evaluate your own literacy skills, knowledge and understandings and commence planning to address your own learning in these areas. This planning will also assist and the implications for you as a future teacher or education professional.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Reflect on their own learning experiences and examine how their learning connects to different educational approaches;
  2. Discuss research relating to how young people learn and examine the implication of this for education;
  3. Investigate the professional and personal learning needs required for the education professionals;
  4. Review the needs of learners from diverse cultural, economic and religious backgrounds including those from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, and;
  5. Participate in an academic community through reflective and critical engagement in academic texts and understanding of principles of academic integrity

Study as a single unit

This unit can be studied on its own, without enrolling in a full degree.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 30%
Two Narrative reflections
Assessment type: Creative Works
Grade: 40%
Digital movie about effective personal and professional learning, learning styles and experience.
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
Group presentation on a selected approach to professional learning covered in the unit.
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 0%
Evidence of completion of the Academic Integrity Modules

Required reading

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

As part of a course

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