Course Title: Learners, Learning and Teaching

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Learners, Learning and Teaching

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

TCHE2318

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr Michael Crowhurst

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6625

Course Coordinator Email:michael.crowhurst@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 220.04.12


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

An undergraduate degree or equivalent with sub majors in two teaching areas


Course Description

This is a core course that provides opportunities for students to reflect upon the influences that have shaped them as learners and to consider how the these influences have impacted on how they see themselves as teachers and the expectations that they bring to the learner and learning. This course will introduce students to a number of theorists, from a variety of perspectives, to explore learning theory and identity and to consider how this theory may support student engagement and motivation. Students will also be introduced to the idea that learners are diverse and that social factors are linked to learning. These views will underpin the practical considerations of the course such as session planning, pedagogy and assessment applied in work integrated learning.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is designed to assist students to:
• Engage with personal perceptions and understandings of learners and learning.
• Examine theoretical perspectives of learning.
• Examine curriculum and teaching approaches supporting rich learning.
• Understand the diverse needs of learners in today’s schools.
• Develop an informed viewpoint regarding Indigenous education.


Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
• Reflect on personal understandings of learners and learning.
• Construct and develop understandings from relevant key theoretical perspectives of learning.
• Reflect on the perspectives of others about learning to inform and challenge their own developing understandings of learning.
• Identify some practical implications for their role as teachers.
• Develop a personal, professional philosophy of learning within an educational context.
• Develop strategies to cater for diverse needs of learners.
• 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:
• 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.
• Skills in using ICT for communication, presentation, work preparation and implementation.
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.
• 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, workshops, on-line discussions, curriculum design and readings in order to support the development of the learning outcomes of this course.


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, written, oral or performance based assessment).

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