Course Title: Education, Theories and Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Education, Theories and Practice

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014


Brunswick Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr Jude Ocean

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99257863

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This is a core course that focuses on selected current and historically significant educational thinkers and a range of established and emerging educational ideas and their impact on learning, teaching and the organisation of education. In this course students will examine assumptions about learners, teachers, and the place of education in society and develop an informed personal and professional stance regarding some important educational ideas, their interpretation, and their application in contemporary contexts and in work integrated learning.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is designed to assist students to:
• Examine theories and philosophies in education.
• Explore how theories and philosophies in education influence settings, practices and policies.
• Use learning about theories and philosophies in education to develop a capacity to think educationally as a teacher.
• Investigate the links between key educational ideas and current trends in educational thinking and models of practice.
• Reflect on learning experiences in professional practice in schools and on contemporary educational issues in the light of important theories and philosophies in education.

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
• Clarify their values and intentions in relation to past influences in their educational experience.
• Identify, analyse and evaluate current and past practice in relation to current educational thinking, policy documents and other relevant documents.
• Discuss the history and changing nature of the educator’s work.
• Research relevant educational thinkers.
• Communicate and substantiate positions on ideas studied.

ICT Outcomes
At the conclusion of this course, students will have demonstrated and/or acquired the following ICT capabilities:
• Skills in using ICT for communication, presentation, work preparation and implementation.
• Understanding of the role of ICT in learning and implications for the classroom.

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

Overview of Learning Activities

Students’ learning in this course will involve a range of activities including lectures, active participation in tutorial workshops, cooperative learning in groups, problem-based inquiry, oral presentations, use of electronic resources to support and facilitate learning, and relevant professional and educational reading.

Overview of Learning Resources

There are no prescribed texts for this course. A reading pack will be provided. However there are texts recommended as part of professional reading during the course. See Part B Course Guide for details of learning resources.

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.