Unit aim

Introduces students to key issues associated with being a professional in education and care in the 21st century. Emphasis is placed on metacognitive approaches to learning as a key to effective teaching. Students are introduced to the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that will be required throughout their degree program as well as in their future careers. A particular emphasis is placed on reflective practice as the cornerstone of quality teaching and learning.

Unit content

Module 1. Becoming a teacher: A philosophical framework
1.    Becoming a teacher: unpacking the map
2.    Being a teacher: reflective practice and lifelong learning
3.    Belonging to a professional community: being inclusive
4.    The importance of relationships
5.    Legal and ethical issues in education
Module 2. Becoming a teacher: A practical framework
6.    History of teaching in Australia: Structure and stakeholders
7.    What is curriculum?
8.    Curriculum for change
9.    What is pedagogy?
10.    Pedagogy for change

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Marsh, C, 2010, Becoming a teacher: Knowledge skills and issues, 5th edn, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (10 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Assessment
Reflective Journal50%
Reflective Journal50%

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (10 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Assessment
Reflective Journal50%
Reflective Journal50%

Lismore

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (10 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Assessment
Reflective Journal50%
Reflective Journal50%
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