Course Title: Introduction to Educational Settings

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Educational Settings

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

TCHE2405

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Richard Johnson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7820

Course Coordinator Email: richard.johnson@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 220.04.27


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course is one of a sequence of professional experience courses designed to develop your teaching practice in a work integrated learning context. The focus of this course is on introducing you to complexities of educational environments and responsibilities and realities of professional experience. This course will examine the social, ethical, and technological influences in educational settings. It will develop your foundational skills and theoretical knowledge of learning and how these are applied in practice.

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

Your learning in this course is focused on development of the following program level capabilities:

  • Critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on complex theories and recent developments, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice in education
  • Determine and apply the specialist knowledge and professional skills required to creatively solve problems, demonstrating expert judgment and ethical responsibility relating to your professional practice
  • Professionally communicate with specialist and non-specialist audiences, as producers and consumers of knowledge, about philosophical and pedagogical propositions, processes and outcomes
  • Engage with complex bodies of knowledge and multiple professional skills in order to contribute to your professional identity and career within contemporary contexts.


At the conclusion of this course you will be assessed on the following learning outcomes:

  • Engage professionally in an educational setting with colleagues, students, parents, carers in the community
  • Design supportive and safe learning environments
  • Undertake reflective practice that informs curriculum design, planning, and assessment
  • Observe, reflect and theorise how characteristics of educational settings may influence learning
  • Select and apply relevant policies and practices, including the legal and ethical responsibilities of professional experience.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning activities that include but are not limited to: site-based observations, lectures, tutorials, professional experience, on-line material, group activities, collaborative work with peers, independent investigations, reading, and web-based research. You will be supported to observe education settings. This will involve applying teaching and learning theory to a number of observations on site in schools or education settings. A key aspect will be to use this observation data to inform judgements and contribute to discussion. Important activities contributing to participation in this course include: critically reflecting on observations, engaging in peer group discussions, school or site-based activities as required, undertaking independent research, and completing assessment tasks.


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 will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.


Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

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.

An assessment charter http://mams.rmit.edu.au/kh6a3ly2wi2h1.pdf summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ln1kd66y87rc