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Teaching Senior Secondary Humanities and Social Sciences (EDN477)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: AU7-internal, AU7-external
Description This unit encourages students to develop a practical and critical understanding of the principles and practices of teaching and learning in the Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) learning area in Western Australian senior secondary schools (Years 11-12). Particular attention is given to the construction of HASS curricula within the context of the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) and the Australian Curriculum (AC). The unit explores the various ways in which student learning outcomes may be developed, monitored and assessed.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Provide a rationale for the provision of quality Year 11-12 programs in schools.
2. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of Year 11-12 secondary school students and how they learn through specific lesson planning, resource design and enactment of teaching.
3. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of Year 11-12 curriculum content described by the Western Australian School and Curriculum Standards Authority (WASCSA) and how to teach it in sequenced lesson planning, resource design and enactment of teaching.
4. Create lesson plans and activities using a variety of differentiated reproductive and productive teaching strategies and resources that cater for student diversity.
5. Proactively create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge's, literacy and numeracy strategies and the use of ICT through context-specific lesson planning, resource design and enactment of teaching.
6. Demonstrate a range of assessment strategies, ways of providing appropriate feedback, interpreting student data and reporting to students, parents and other stakeholders in the Year 11-12 context in assignment tasks, lesson planning and enactment of teaching.
7. Engage in professional learning, critiquing a range of resources available for ongoing professional learning in the Year 11-12 curriculum context through unit and practicum experiences.
8. Engage professionally with colleagues, teachers, parents/carers and the community that can assist in planning and implementing effective teaching and learning in the Year 11-12 context through unit and practicum experiences.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lecture: 1 hour per week; Workshops: 2 hours per week
Unit Learning Experiences A range of learning experiences and readings are provided in this unit. Students are encouraged to critically and creatively respond to these experiences and readings and to reflect on the how those experiences and ideas might be used in secondary classrooms. It is intended that by the end of the unit students have a clear framework to understand curriculum and pedagogy in a changing educational context.
Assessment There are three pieces of assessment: microteaching with a lesson plan and self-evaluation (30%), create an interactive teaching resource for a unit of work linked to the syllabus (40%), planning a teaching and learning program (30%). Each task addresses key unit outcomes.
Prerequisites Successful completion of EDN410 Professional Experience BEd Secondary OR EDN340 Professional Experience: BEd Secondary; and successful completion of EDN377 Teaching Humanities and Social Sciences.
Previously 2015: 'Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum B (Secondary 11 - 12)'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Geography and Economics (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
History (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Politics (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Appears in these Co-Majors Humanities and Social Sciences Minor Teaching Area
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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