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Critical Policy Analysis and Teachers' Work (EDU658)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Description This unit examines the impact of educational policy on the lives and work of teachers and how it affects their choices in the areas of curriculum and pedagogy and their overall sense of ownership of their work. The unit will introduce students to critical policy analysis for the purpose of investigating educational policies relevant to their own professional development and interests in schools, tertiary institutions or vocational education and training.
Timetabled Learning Activities
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is based on the student's individual interests and circumstances. Students will have an opportunity to investigate a policy matter of immediate concern to their teaching context. Learning will involve independent reading around key topics and reflective exercises. Students will have the opportunity to interact through LMS, share ideas, resources and experiences. As well, students will be able to share their learning with colleagues and peers in the form of a professional development presentation.
Assessment Student will undertake three assessment tasks:
A short written essay addressing the nature of critical policy analysis (30%)
An extended written policy critique of relevance to the student (40%)
A professional development presentation to colleagues and peers (30%)
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level qualification or permission of the Unit Coordinator.
Previously 2013: 'Education Policy and Teachers' Work'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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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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Professor Barry Down

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6581
e: b.down@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.018 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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