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Introduction to Catholic Education (EDN231)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Description This unit is designed for students considering teaching in Catholic schools in Western Australia. The unit aims to help students understand what is distinctive about Catholic schools, what is needed for these schools to be effective places of learning, and the importance of the teacher within the Catholic school.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Examine the mission and goals of the Catholic Church in reference to the schools it establishes and conducts.
2. Identify the necessary elements that form the culture of the Catholic school and apply this knowledge to a particular Catholic school.
3. Apply a critically reflective attitude to what constitutes an appropriate curriculum in a Catholic school
4. Examine the roles and expectations of teachers and other key stakeholders in Catholic schools
5. Explore and reflect on the contemporary and future challenges facing Catholic schools.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lecture/workshops: 8 x 4 hour daily over two weeks in early January, with a study-break on the Wednesday of each week.
Unit Learning Experiences Lecture/workshops. Workshops are designed to encourage interactive, group-based learning. The unit is taught in intensive mode over two weeks in Summer. Students are expected to attend all eight half days over the fortnight. Students are expected to spend time before and after the on-campus sessions working independently on preparation and assignments. An in-class test will be held on the final teaching day of each week.
Assessment Three Assessment tasks:
In-class Test 1 - 30%
In-class Test 2 - 30%
Written Report (1500-2000 words) - 40%
NOTE: The In-class Tests will be held on the last day of each teaching week.
The Written Report will be submitted and marked after the intensive period is over. Summative feedback will be provided.
Prerequisites Nil.
Notes This is one of three Catholic Studies Units currently offered at Murdoch University that assist Education students meet the tertiary study requirements of accreditation to teach in a Catholic school.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) (BEd(PrimTeach))
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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