Course Title: Teaching Principles and Practices

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Teaching Principles and Practices

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: Willem Goeman

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 992 57432

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This is a core course that focuses on introducing students to educational theory and practices. This course will develop students’ understanding of current educational trends, policies and initiatives such as integration and the inclusion of ICT. Students will also be introduced to issues which influence education such as inclusive practices, sociological perspectives, diversity, and Indigenous education. The course will place an emphasis on developing skills in teaching and aspects of professional practice including observation, reflection, planning, teaching strategies, classroom management, learning theory and professional practice documentation that are applied in work integrated learning. This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is designed to assist students to:
• Observe, record and discuss planned and incidental teaching, observations of teachers, students and wider school matters.
• Apply theories and philosophies in education to develop a capacity to think educationally as a teacher.
• Explore their understandings of the schooling environment and their role as a student teacher.
• Develop an understanding of contemporary issues influencing education.
• Build an informed viewpoint regarding appropriate practice for Indigenous education.
• Work collaboratively with members of the profession.
• Develop reflective practice skills that inform curriculum design, planning, assessment and their beliefs about teaching and learning.

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
• Draw upon theory to explain their understandings and observations of learning environments.
• Apply some of the skills discussed in the course in meaningful and purposeful ways.
• Demonstrate an ability to work ethically as part of a team and form professional working relationships.
• Articulate and defend a developing teaching philosophy.
• Select and use appropriate teaching and learning strategies to enhance learning, develop positive relationships and classroom environments.
• Respond appropriately to educational goals for Indigenous students.

ICT Outcomes
At the conclusion of this course, students will have demonstrated and/or acquired the following ICT capabilities:
• Understanding the role of ICT learning and implications for the classroom.
• Personal proficiency in using ICT.

VIT Standards
This course is aligned with the following standards:
• Teachers know how students learn and how to teach them effectively.
• Teachers know their students.
• Teachers create and maintain safe and challenging learning environments.
• Teachers reflect on, evaluate and improve their professional knowledge and practice.
• Teachers are active members of their profession.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students’ learning in this course will involve a range of activities including lectures, tutorials, field work, workshops, teaching opportunities, on-line discussions, curriculum design, readings, problem solving tasks, role play, critical analysis, reflection and web based activities, in order to support the development of the learning outcomes of this course.

Overview of Learning Resources

See pert B

Overview of Assessment

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, written, oral or performance based assessment).

Students should refer to Part B of the course guide for further information on assessment.