Course Title: Investigate contemporary issues in teaching

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5383 Diploma of Teacher Education Preparation

Course Title: Investigate contemporary issues in teaching

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 80

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


360T Education

Face-to-Face or Internet or Workplace

Term2 2018


City Campus


360T Education

Face-to-Face or Internet or Workplace

Term1 2019,
Term2 2019


City Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Face-to-Face or Internet or Workplace

Term1 2020,
Term2 2020,
Term2 2021

Course Contact: Jacqui Cheng

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4918

Course Contact Email:

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.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

No pre-requisites.

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VU22274 Investigate contemporary issues in teaching


1 Examine external views of teaching and teachers

2 Investigate internal expectations of teaching and teachers

3 Examine student centred educational policy and practice

4 Investigate the major social issues impacting education

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

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. 

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