Course Title: Investigate contemporary issues in teaching

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2018

Course Code: TCHE5930

Course Title: Investigate contemporary issues in teaching

School: 360T Education

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5383 - Diploma of Teacher Education Preparation

Course Contact: Soosan Kian

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9183

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jacqueline Rumble

Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

No pre-requisites.

Course Description

This unit focuses on developing the skills and knowledge to investigate the teaching environment and contemporary issues that impact on teaching and teachers. It is designed for learners who wish to develop their knowledge of the education environment in preparation for entry into and participation in an undergraduate teacher education course.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU22274 Investigate contemporary issues in teaching


1 Examine external views of teaching and teachers

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Examine own experiences of teachers and their teaching 1.2 Examine prevailing community views of teaching and teachers 1.3 Examine community expectations of teaching and teachers 1.4 Examine media representations of teaching and teachers 1.5 Determine the ways in which changing views of teaching and teachers impact on the profession


2 Investigate internal expectations of teaching and teachers

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Examine the role of the educational leader in managing the education environment 2.2 Examine the roles of others in the environment 2.3 Analyse the ways in which those in the environment work together to support common goals 2.4 Examine the ethical expectations of teachers 2.5 Examine potential challenges in the education environment 2.6 Identify existing teacher supports 2.7 Develop strategies to address internal expectations and potential challenges in the environment


3 Examine student centred educational policy and practice

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify major student centred educational policies 3.2 Identify key legislation, policies and frameworks that impact on inclusive education 3.3 Examine the cultural influences that can impact on teaching practice 3.4 Examine the potential impact of own views on teaching practice


4 Investigate the major social issues impacting education

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Examine the impact of changing family demographics on teaching and teachers 4.2 Examine the impact of parenting expectations on teaching and teachers 4.3 Investigate the key effects of educational disadvantage 4.4 Identify the impacts of socio economic disadvantage on educational attainment 4.5 Examine the impact of workforce trends on student transitions

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes are to confirm ability to:

  • examine internal and external expectations of teaching and teachers and the ways in which these can impact on a contemporary education environment
  • develop strategies to meet internal expectations and manage own response to likely challenges in an education environment
  • examine the impact of policy, legislative and social influences on teaching and teachers

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of the Diploma of teacher Education Preparation. The learning and assessment in the program is delivered through face to face teaching, Unsupervised Directed Study and participation in work placement. It is strongly advised you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency. You are not required to attend to complete Unsupervised Directed Study, however you are expected to complete the work given and will at times be required to show evidence the work has been completed. Your Unsupervised Directed Study will be posted on Canvas.
 The student learning experience will be facilitated through participation in a range of activities: 

• Work Placement
• Group discussion 

• Research assignments

• Guest speakers

• Oral and/or written questions on "What if?" scenarios

• Realistic simulations and role play
• Practical demonstrations and direct observation of actual work and simulated work practice
• Oral Presentations
• Individual and group projects - Completing the projects will include negotiated independent study time and practical work relevant to the unit of competency.

Teaching Schedule

This unit will be delivered weekly.
Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources. Should the teaching schedule change students will be advised via Canvas.
Library Orientation & an RMIT Online Systems Information Session will be scheduled during the first two weeks of your program. Information about student services, rights and responsibilities is contained in RMIT 

Teaching Schedule










Introduction to course

Examine external views of teaching & teachers

-          Own experiences of teaching

-          Community views







Examine external views of teaching & teachers

-          Identify decision makers in Education

-          Quality of government vs private school






Examine media representations of teaching







Investigate internal expectations of teaching & teachers

-          Examine ethical expectations of teachers

-          Equity, ethics and legal issues






Investigate internal expectations of teaching & teachers

- Teacher standards






Investigate internal expectations of teaching & teachers

-          identify existing teacher supports







 Cultural awareness - Melbourne museum 





Investigate internal expectations of teaching & teachers

Cultural awareness, cultural competence and safety


Student centred educational policies





Preparation for group presentation


1,2, 3





Assessment One due –Contemporary issue (Group presentation)


1,2, 3 


24/9 – 5/10





Examine potential challenges

- workloads





Investigate key effects of educational disadvantage

Identify impacts of socio-economic disadvantage on educational attainment

- rural/regional







Educational issues and impacts



1,2, 3, 4 




Maintaining professional relationships

Managing own ongoing learning






Guest speaker

Assessment Two due – Educational policy

1,2, 3, 4 




Reflecting on contemporary issues in teaching


1,2, 3, 4 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

There are no set texts in this course. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through handouts, our online systems and access to facilities and relevant software. You will also have access to the library resources. It is recommended that you bring:

• Display folder with plastic sleeves
• Highlighter pens
• Notebook or loose leaf paper
• Headphones 
• USB (Memory stick)

Overview of Assessment

You must demonstrate the critical aspects of assessment and evidence required for the Unit in order to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks. You may be assessed by: 
• Oral or written questioning 
• oral presentations
• Assignments and projects 
• Direct observation and demonstration in actual work practice 
• Presentation of a portfolio of evidence which may comprise documents, and/or photographs and/or video and audio files 
• Work-based activities 
• Third-party feedback from a work supervisor/employer 
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation. 

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 manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

The Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at:;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1

Assessment Tasks

Assessment task One –Contemporary issue (Group presentation) (Week 11)

Assessment task Two – Educational policy (Week 16)

Assessment tasks in this unit are assessed using the following competency based results:
CA - Competency achieved
NYC - Not Yet Competent

All Assessment tasks should be submitted by the due date. If an extension is required please contact your teacher and/or Coordinator before the due date. 
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work.
All assessment tasks including electronically recorded student work will be kept by the University for student feedback and to meet government requirements.
If you are found to be Not Yet Competent in a Course Assessment Task you may be allowed one resubmission only. Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission. The highest grade you will receive if your resubmission is successful is 'CA'

Assessment Matrix

The assessment mapping demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency and with the critical aspects of assessment for each unit. The assessment mapping grids for units will be available for students to access.

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