ED141.406 Educational Contexts and Professional Engagement 1
On successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:
Describe students common stages and patterns of development in Science and Humanities
Examine the impact students’ diversities and contexts have on their learning about and through Science and Humanities
Understand complexities in Science and Humanities as a disciplines including their description in VELS and the Australian Curriculum
Develop a range of pedagogies to enable students’ effective learning about and through Science and Humanities
Demonstrate personal proficiencies in Science and Humanities
Apply a range of digital technologies to enable teaching and learning strategies
Review social, cultural and Christian perspectives on Science and Humanities
In this unit, pre-service teachers will appreciate children’s capacities to learn about and through Science and Humanities. The practicum will provide opportunity to link theory to practice.
Pre-service teachers will critically evaluate contemporary theories of how students’ develop mastery in Science and Humanities. They will identify key aspects in children’s development of concepts and skills. They will develop strategies for effective pedagogies, assessment and curriculum design in primary settings.
Pre-service teachers will appreciate the need for and develop capacities in inclusive practices for all children. They will plan for and evaluate strategies to enable children from a range of diversities and contexts to succeed.
Pre-service teachers will develop a critical understanding of the complexities of Science and Humanities and key curriculum documents such as VELS and Australian Curriculum and the learning theories that underpin them. They will develop a range of pedagogies to enable students’ effective learning about, in and through Science and Humanities including - VELS Domain of Science knowledge and understanding; and Science at Work; - VELS Domain of Humanities - Economics (Economic knowledge and understanding; and Economic reasoning); Geography (Geographical knowledge and understanding; and Geospatial skills); and History (Historical knowledge and understanding; and Historical reasoning and interpretation); and - Australian Curriculum (Draft) Strands of Science understanding; Science inquiry skills; and Science as a human endeavour; - Australian Curriculum (Draft) Strands of Historical knowledge and understanding; and Historical skills and other areas as they become available.
Pre-service teachers will evaluate the opportunities that Science and Humanities provides for children to understand themselves and their world. Pre-service teachers will explore a wide range of applications of Science and Humanities and develop strategies to integrate them in other curriculum areas.
Through practicum, College-based assignments and individual e.portfolios pre-service teachers will demonstrate personal proficiencies in Science and Humanities. They will also demonstrate proficiencies in the use of related digital technologies to enable their own and children’s learning.
Pre-service teachers will discuss social, cultural and Christian perspectives on the impact of proficiency in Science and Humanities on individuals, their communities and in a global setting. They will consider how their own understandings of Christian writings inform their teaching of Science and Humanities. They will reflect on their personal strengths and challenges as Christian teachers.
This unit will deliver the programs of Science and Humanities separately. Each delivery will total half the unit.
Assessment will be moderated by the lecturers in the unit and then according to usual College moderation processes.
Pre-service teachers learning in this course will involve a variety of approaches including: lectures; practicum; observation; responding to educational scenarios; critical reflections; discussion; tutorials; workshops; assessment tasks; assessment feedback; guest speakers; classroom observation; practical teaching assignments; reflective journals; contact with professional associations; oral presentations; and on-line activities.
This unit may be available in different modes of delivery i.e. online and face-to-face as listed above. The unit content will not differ between these modes of delivery. There will possibly be a difference in the schedule and/or the prescribed assessment tasks, however both will cover and assess the same content.