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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
OUA: S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit provides students opportunity to understand, investigate and appreciate the multiple perspectives, policies and practices impacting the teaching profession. It highlights the role of an educator including the historical, sociocultural and contemporary context. The unit introduces educators to a conceptual model of investigation that explores and interrogates multiple perspectives on learning or critical learning incident. The evidence driven and diagnostic approach to this unit offers multiple perspectives into students -s individuals, groups, phases of learning and diverse contexts.
Unit Learning Outcomes In response to undertaking this unit students will:
1. Gain deeper understanding of their specialised area of study
2. Develop a scholarly approach to investigation of content.
3. Identify and investigate an area of personal interest from multiple perspectives (historical and contemporary theory and issues, research methods, media, theory, critical incidences, popular culture, data sets, professional associations, cultural, curriculum, technology, capabilities, global, competencies, inclusive practices, policy and pedagogy).
4. Synthesise and present learning in creative forms and in terms of policy, practices and potentialities.
Timetabled Learning Activities
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 60 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences This is a unique personalised project based unit that encourages scholarly engagement within an emerging Community of Practice. The unit primarily employs an inquiry-based approach to learning in regard to a chosen learning context and curriculum. The focus will be on developing a scholarly approach to investigations that are drawn and informed by multiple perspective. 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 depth to the graduate specialisation area in which the student is enrolled. Students will develop an understanding of multiple perspectives required for scholarly activity and the importance of a community of practice. Students are expected to outline their intended learning in the educational setting and curriculum of their choice and provide artefacts as part of the record of their experience and reflection on their learning. Feedback is provided by 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 (20%) 2. Project (50%) 3. Research poster to synthesise the investigation (30%)
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate education course and successful completion of EDN519 International Education: Issues and Practices, or permission of the Academic Chair.
Exclusions Successful completion of EDN517 Learning and Teaching in Educational Communities (IB and International Schools)
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Teaching English (7-10)
Teaching Humanities and Social Sciences (7-10)
Graduate Certificate in Education (GradCertEd)
Graduate Certificate in Education (International Education) (GradCertEdIntlEd)
Graduate Certificate in Education: Introduction to Teaching (OUA)
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.


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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
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