Course Title: Professional Practice 2: Understanding the School Context

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Practice 2: Understanding the School Context

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Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

TCHE2258

Brunswick Campus

Undergraduate

360H Education

Workplace

Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

TCHE2250

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

360H Education

Workplace

Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015

Course Coordinator: Dr Nicky Carr

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7802

Course Coordinator Email:nicky.carr@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Professional Practice 1: Where Do I Fit?


Course Description

This is a core course that focuses on the development of professional practice skills directly related to work integrated learning. The course involves placement in an educational setting. Particular focus will be given to analysing school contexts and examining the educational environment.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is designed to assist students to build and refine their knowledge and skills in the areas of observation, learning and teaching, assessment, reflection and knowledge of innovations and initiatives, based on reflection and feedback from their previous professional practice experiences and current learning within the course.


Upon completion of the course students will be able to:
• Plan, implement and evaluate a small whole class teaching session.
• Observe and interact with children and teachers.
• Observe, record and reflect on the ways in which teachers manage classroom behaviour and processes.
• Begin to be aware of and use teaching resources available at the school and university.
• Demonstrate an awareness of some of the assessment and reporting tools used by the teacher.
• Articulate some of the innovations and initiatives that are being implemented in a classroom.
• Seek and accept guidance and respond constructively to feedback from professional mentors.
• Reflect on their teaching and issues impacting on the professional practice classroom.

ICT Outcomes
At the conclusion of this course students will have demonstrated and/or acquired the following ICT capabilities:
• Understanding of the role of ICT in society and the implications for education.
• Understandings of the role of ICT in learning and implications for the classroom.
• Awareness of a range of contemporary ICT resources suitable for the classroom.


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 use a range of teaching strategies and resources to engage students in effective learning.
 


Overview of Learning Activities

Students’ learning in this course will involve a range of activities both at the educational setting and university that are designed to focus on addressing various Victorian Institute of Teaching characteristics of effective teaching.


Overview of Learning Resources

See Part 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, developing a Professional Portfolio and a variety of assessment that demonstrates how the specific areas of professional practice have been addressed).

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