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EPR724 - Curriculum Inquiry in Professional Experience

Unit details

Year:

2020 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Commencing 2021

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online), CBD*

Trimester 2: Cloud (online), CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Jill Loughlin
Cohort rule:

Students commencing in 2021 must be enrolled in course E762, E764 or E765

Prerequisite:

Students commencing course E762, E764 or E765 from 2021, 
must have passed 7 units EEE754, EEE755, EEE756, EPR721, EPM742, EPL746, EPR722 and
must have passed 1 unit from ECL761, ETL700, ESM724, ESS744, EHU701, ETL710, ESH702, ECA731

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

Typical study commitment:

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

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

Time engaging in learning activities is expected to total a combined equivalent of 8-10 hours per week.

This includes engagement with materials, responses to tasks, independent study and 1 x 3-hour scheduled face to face workshop per non-placement teaching week (approx. 6-9 weeks) and 1 x 1-hour Placement Briefing Lecture

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Time engaging in learning activities is expected to total a combined equivalent of 8-10 hours per week.

This includes engagement with materials, responses to tasks, regular forum posting and responding to others, scheduled synchronous online discussions and independent study during non-placement teaching weeks (approx. 6-9 weeks).

It is highly recommended that you attend scheduled synchronous discussions in CloudDeakin throughout the trimester.

Participation is highly recommended in the scheduled 1-hour Blackboard Collaborate Placement Briefing Session.

In-person attendance requirements:

Preservice Teachers will also be required to attend 10-days of Professional Experience in Primary School setting.

Students who are completing professional experience placements are not required to attend classes or scheduled synchoronous sessions during the placement.

Note:

Trimester 1 enrolments for this unit close on 15 November (year preceding).

Trimester 2 enrolments for this unit close on 15 May.

Please refer to the Professional Experience Office website for further information regarding your professional experience placement.

*CBD refers to Institute of Koorie Education; Community Based Delivery

Content

This unit will provide students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the transitions to or from primary school in relation to a specific learning area of the primary school curriculum, and the pedagogical approaches that optimise learning, learner development and well-being in these crucial phases of schooling/education. Drawing on theories of learning, curriculum and pedagogy, students will examine learning by analysing the connection between curriculum and engagement for a specific age group of learners, through a focus on child-centred practices, pedagogies of care, relationships and engagement to support learning, development, well-being and identity in relation to the specific learning area.

The importance of practices in building relationships with children to enhance learning and learner identity in relation to a specific learning area will be examined, along with an examination of the interrelationship between learning environments, connections and opportunities for learning and development. Students will draw on their knowledge of curriculum, pedagogy, learning and environment to critically analyse educator practices as they support children’s learning and development in the specific learning area. The unit will provide opportunities for students to gain deeper understanding of the importance of engagement and identity for children’s well-being and developing sense of self in relation to the learning area, as well as support children's physical, emotional, social, cognitive and language development.

The role of the specialist teacher as an advocate who can lead the development and facilitation of quality teaching and learning experiences for children in a specific learning area will be a focus of this unit. The role of the community, family and professional learning area organisations as equal and respected partners in the planning and decision making for young people will also be explored and students will engage in critical debate about learning partnerships by focusing on the policy documents, literature and examination of practice as influencing these relationships.

 
 

These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

ULO1

Engage in critical debate regarding a range of theories, pedagogies and effective practices for engaging children as agents in their own learning, development and well being

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship

ULO2

Advocate and lead for change in the care and education of children in a specific learning area by drawing on contemporary research to inform practice

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO7: Teamwork

ULO3

Evaluate and design learning spaces, resources and learning environments to support the well-being and inclusion of learners in a specific learning area

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving

ULO4

Draw on an understanding of engagement and learning identity to discuss a range of effective pedagogical approaches to ensure learner’s physical, social, emotional, language, cognitive and creative development is supported and strengthened by engagement in a specific learning area

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

ULO5

Demonstrate understanding of specific national and state regulatory, curriculum provisions and routines applicable to the health, safety, wellbeing and care of learners engaging in learning area activities in and beyond the classroom

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO6: Self-management

GLO8: Global citizenship

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

Assessment

 
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 (individual) - Critical Analysis Essay 2500 words 50% Information not yet available
Assessment 1 (individual) - Action Research Proposal 2500 words 50% Information not yet available

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 EPR724 
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.

Unit Fee Information

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