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Learning and Teaching in Diverse Educational Communities (EDN517)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: S2-external
DUBAI-ISC: TSD-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description The purpose of this unit is to provide opportunity to experience a learning environment within a school/community or an overseas educational institution. Students school based project engages them in observations and conversations specific to an identified curriculum or ideology. Students will explore in detail the educational communities and the teaching and learning that take place within a diverse range of schooling contexts around the globe, including the International Baccalaureate.
Unit Learning Outcomes Students will:
1. Understand the importance of context and purpose for the development of learning;
2. Outline a project of investigation to be undertaken with the chosen context to gain an in depth knowledge of a specific curriculum, teaching and learning theory, belief or ideology, or practice..
3. Identify key teaching and learning practices and assessment features of a specific curriculum and provide evidence of these features.
4. Critically reflect on, and integrate theoretical perspectives to international curriculum, standards, practices or ideologies in terms of structure, global competencies, inclusive practices, strengths & weaknesses.
5. Provide evidence of knowledge gained through the preparation of a portfolio of learning outlining professional growth and development based on the experience. (This will include a narrative and artefacts related to the investigation undertaken).
Timetabled Learning Activities
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 60 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences This is a unique project based unit. The unit primarily employs an inquiry-based approach to learning in regard to a chosen learning context and curriculum. - A professional portfolio is used as an evaluative tool for students to provide evidence of learning that takes place. -Structured occasions for reflection are provided to reflect critically on policies, teaching practices and issues related to the chosen curriculum/field of study. - Online learning on the course LMS website and associated unit resources will be used to develop a Community of Practice within the unit framed by an action research model.
Other Learning Experiences Meetings aligned to three touch points - Start, Mid and End of teaching period.
Assessment The tasks in this unit add further evidence to the ongoing portfolio. Students are expected to outline their learning in the educational setting and curriculum of their choice. This will include artefacts as part of the record of their experience and a reflection on their learning. Feedback is provided by the mentors and/or university staff throughout the duration of the investigation.
1. One individual meeting (skype or face to face) and three compulsory 30 minute sessions (face-to face or webinars). Structured occasions for learning and reflecting. (10%)
2. Professional Portfolio (50%)
3. A research poster to synthesise the field experience investigation (40%)
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate education course.
Exclusions Successful completion of EDN517 Learning and Teaching in Educational Communities (IB and International Schools)
Notes This is an experience based unit. Students undertake an international site-based inquiry or project under the mentorship of an educational based staff member. One 1 hour face to face online meeting at the start and conclusion of the program. Meetings prior to the school based experience will be negotiated with the School of Education and community education provider. Time within sites or schools will be timetabled and recorded in portfolio as evidence.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Graduate Certificate in Education (International Education) (GradCertEdIntlEd)
Master of Education (Coursework) (MEd)
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Susan Ledger
Head of Discipline Education

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7535
e: S.Ledger@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.2.030 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-External
Dr Michelle Striepe

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2467
e: Michelle.Striepe@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.016 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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