Teacher as Practitioner and Researcher

Unit code: ETS5002 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
Footscray Nicholson
Online Real Time


In this unit of study pre-service teachers will develop their skills as reflective practitioners through explorations of data and evidence influences within education practices, including collecting and analysing data to monitor the effectiveness of teaching practices and student learning. Pre-service teachers will engage in research activities that investigate, understand and critique the Australian education system. It will involve consideration of ‘big educational ideas’ facing humanity and how local ideas interrelate to the big ideas.

Through the examination and interpretation of both quantitative and qualitative data, pre-service teachers will consider the effectiveness of school structures, policy and procedures; curriculum, lesson planning and pedagogy; assessment practices and standardised testing; in providing support for students from different social contexts, including students with disabilities, students from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Pre-service teachers will reflect on different approaches to enact change and communicate findings to colleagues, students, parents and interested members of the community.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically engage and examine educational and social data to evaluate the effectiveness of teaching programs and improvement of school systems and teaching practices to improve student learning;
  2. Analyse the role and potential of educational data in respect to relevant educational, legislative, administration and organisational policies and practices to support the development of educational structures and curriculum that encourage young people to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals and informed citizens;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of educational issues through monitoring and evaluating student assessment data to explore curriculum development and lesson planning to modify teaching strategies to support the learning of students from diverse backgrounds;
  4. Explore the influence of parents and carers in supporting student learning and what strategies can be used to bring them into the educative process;
  5. Demonstrate understanding of the role of external professional learning, external professionals and community representatives and how it can support the development of teachers’ knowledge and skill to modify teaching strategies.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Review
Grade: 20%
Review of perspectives and standpoints on teacher work
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 50%
Use interview data to develop and present an infographic on an associated educational issue supported by an annotated bibliography
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 30%
Group analysis of an educational scenario, resulting in a professional learning plan

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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