Course Title: Children, Education Settings and Society

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Children, Education Settings and Society

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

TCHE2137

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

TCHE2195

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015

TCHE2195

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

TCHE2362

Brunswick Campus

Undergraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013

Course Coordinator: Dr Marg Sellers

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7307

Course Coordinator Email: marg.sellers@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 220.04.18


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course introduces you to the social and cultural influences on children. Using various theoretical frameworks, you will explore how children’s knowledge, expertise, and sense of self and place in the world are shaped by these influences. This course examines contemporary teaching and learning strategies which reflect student diversity and the complexity of environmental influences on children.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse and discuss how social and cultural influences such as education, the family (in multiple forms), peer and friendship groups, arts, recreational groups, cultural groups, and multimedia impact on children’s learning
  • Explain how dimensions of difference such as gender, age, class, ethnicity, sexuality, belief system, (dis)ability and locale impact on children’s knowledge, expertise, and sense of self and place in the world
  • Critically reflect on your personal values, beliefs and experiences in respect to children’s lives beyond education settings
  • Draw from and evaluate a range of teaching resources and strategies to support the provision of positive learning environments for children based on an understanding of their social contexts.

 In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Engage with diverse learners in a range of educational contexts in order to develop skills and knowledge for flexible and adaptable participation in professional communities of practice.

  • Develop and apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to your professional practice and development in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.
  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying problem solving strategies in diverse educational contexts.
  • Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.

Learning activities will include engaging in online discussion, web-based tools/resources and a range of activities including PowerPoint, videos, audio, reflective practices and case studies through shared online learning.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources including, books, journal articles and web resources will be provided by your lecturer. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for School of Education students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.

RMIT University Library: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/

Study and Learning Centre: http://www.rmit.edu.au/studyandlearningcentre

International Student Support: http://www.rmit.edu.au/ISIS

Learning Lab: www.dlseb.rmit.edu.au/lsu


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment tasks are directly linked to the stated objectives and outcomes.  Assessment in the course will be both theoretical and practical in nature.  A range of formative and summative assessment types will be incorporated into the course (for example critiquing teaching resources, creation of multimodal artefacts and resources, reflection, oral presentations and case studies).  

Assessment Tasks 

Task 1 Poster and written summary: (Equivalent 2000 words) 50%
Task 2: Essay or report (2000 words) 50%
References to course readings are required in both tasks.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment