Prerequisites EDFD548 Effective Teaching and Professional Practice
The unit will develop two specific strands: Issues associated with the professional role of the teacher, and curriculum planning and integration across the curriculum. It extends the professional knowledge, skills and values of the teacher as decision maker, curriculum designer and implementer. The unit integrates theoretical and practical principles of the teaching and learning paradigms that have been addressed in the discipline-specific modes of the curriculum and teaching studies of the course component.
The unit involves students in effectively appraising professional teacher competencies in curriculum knowledge, program development and professional practice with reference to national, State and system demands for professional competence, accomplishment and leadership.
As this unit will focus on contemporary issues, it is expected that its content will be dynamic and change according to the latest initiatives of State, Territory and Federal governments. The unit is intended to assist students develop informed practice with particular reference to principles of curriculum integration. As such, the unit will focus upon program development and evaluation together with contemporary curriculum issues that include inquiry approaches to learning, student engagement, student assessment, critical reflection for enhanced teaching and learning, outcomes-based education, student profiling and reporting using performance indicators and benchmarks. The exploration of these issues will contribute to the development of electronic portfolios as evidence of graduate teacher attributes and the demonstration of professional standards relevant to each State.
Students in this unit are typically finalising their preservice teacher education, undertaking a final professional experience and about to apply for teacher employment. This unit therefore takes a critical approach to supporting the students in these pragmatic and culminating enterprises.