Course Title: Thinking about Learning

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Thinking about Learning

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

TCHE2406

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Michael Crowhurst

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6625

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


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course aims to provide different ways of thinking around schooling, learning and teaching. You will identify the influences that have shaped your understandings and draw out the implications that these might hold for your work as a teacher using reflective practitioner methodologies. This course will also consider social theories to critique current teaching practices and to generate innovation. You will also explore dialogue and the place of enhancing positive relationships across the whole school community in order to enhance teaching and learning.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • 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
  • Critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on complex theories and recent developments, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice in education
  • 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:

  • Identify and critically discuss some of the ways that schooling, teaching and learning are constructed in literature, popular discourse, policy and in the community generally
  • Apply reflective practitioner theory to explain key influences that have shaped your current views in relation schooling
  • Analyse current policy and practice relating to teaching and learning
  • Examine a selection of learning theories and explore how these relate to learning and teaching strategies that meet the needs of all learners.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.


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