Co-requisite EDFD177 Contexts for Learning and Development and EDFD173 Understanding Learning
The aim of the first part of the Professional Experience Program is to provide preservice teachers with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the work of the teaching profession and to consider their possible futures within it. At the same time as preservice teachers are developing knowledge of themselves as learners, and extending their understanding of the disciplines that are integral to curricula, they will be experiencing a range of current teaching and learning contexts. In these settings preservice teachers will be asked to take on a number of roles in order to develop insight into the nature of the teaching profession; these might include: purposeful observer, active participant, classroom assistant.The unit will assist preservice teachers to identify learning styles and apply various strategies to cater for such learning styles and contexts. Through observation and discussion the preservice teacher will be able to develop elementary teaching and management skills and to undertake some introductory activities.