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EEG702 - Professional Learning Theory and Practice in International Education


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Cloud (online), CBD* - no longer offered 2020, reoffered 2021

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Kirsten Hutchison




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including weekly engagement with materials and responses in discussion forums


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


The internationalisation of education necessitates that professional educators rethink their approaches to professional learning. Professional learning takes place within contexts of cultural and educational diversity in which educators negotiate their work and pedagogical practices.

This unit will critically explore the changing nature of professionalism in a range of international educational contexts. Students will critically reflect on their own knowledge and practices in the light of current learning theories and contemporary practices in international educational classrooms and contexts. The unit will require students to investigate the implications of the rising expectations on teachers that require them to be learners, researchers and networkers, implementing research based policy and practice within international education contexts and teacher labour markets.

The unit draws on comparative sociology to theorise professionalization and educational practices that are emerging from global educational markets, for example IBO. It will require students to analyse and theorize about teachers' professional learning needs in international contexts, apply these learnings to their own practices and relate these to student learning outcomes.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Identify and select relevant literature and source material in order to engage with current theories and research

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Evaluate literature and source material and be able to articulate and argue its appropriateness, value and balance

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking


Interpret and present source material and make connections between published literature and experiential evidence, particularly evidence gained from their personal experience

GLO2: Communication

GLO5: Problem solving

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Essay: A critical analysis of theory and practice in contemporary international education contexts.  Students will critically analyse how contemporary practices in international educational classrooms and contexts are informed by current learning theories. They will demonstrate a critical understanding of the changing nature of professionalism in the international context. 2500 words 50% Week 6
Assessment 2 - Essay: A theorised philosophy and plan for effective teaching in the international context.  Students will develop and present a professional philosophy and teaching plan that are appropriately analysed and theorised for the international context. They will link theory and practice and provide a well-researched argument that shows how the plan will improve student-learning outcomes. 2500 words 50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: EEG702 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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