Unit description

Enhances and broadens the KLA-specific strategies for teaching and learning Science or HSIE encountered in Advanced Secondary Curriculum & Pedagogy I. Students develop a comprehensive knowledge of the philosophies and theories that form and frame contemporary learning experiences. Assessment practices are critically evaluated in light of the context of learning in the 21st Century. Innovative solutions are generated to account for the implications of social and cultural diversity, and the differentiation of learning in the secondary Science or HSIE classroom. Students are required to explain and justify their innovations, drawing upon the relevant theory to support their judgement.  

Unit content

  1. Implications and applications of contemporary philosophical and theoretical perspectives in Science or HSIE
  • Examining evidence of mechanisms that allow discipline-specific developments to impact upon secondary Science of HSIE teaching
  • Appropriate professional responses to discipline-specific advances. 
  1. Assessment of 21st Century knowledge: evaluating, judging and justifying contemporary assessment practices
  • Deploying current pedagogical theory in the development of assessment
  • Integration of new and emerging ICT for ongoing formative assessment
  • Strategies for assessing students with different learning needs
  • Strategies for assessing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Strategies for assessing culturally diverse learners
  • Strategies for assessing students with challenging behaviours

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 2

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 3 hours (10 weeks)
Narrated mind-map: How contemporary philosophies and theories influence classroom pedagogy.40%
Critical review60%

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