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Student Engagement and Community Learning (EDU661)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Description This unit provides opportunities for teachers to engage young people in schooling through a curriculum that connects with their lifeworlds and/or the concerns of the communities in which they live. The unit examines some different ways of generating knowledge with students including place-based education, service learning, citizenship education, local literacies and students as researchers. The unit provides teachers with an opportunity to plan a school-based research project that pursues the idea of 'community as curricula'.
Timetabled Learning Activities External/Internal: The unit is offered in the online (external) as well as internal mode. On campus meetings (approximately 5) will be held to share and develop projects through small-face-to-face discussions. These workshops will be recorded for the benefit of those students studying externally.
Unit Learning Experiences Students will engage with weekly study topics (readings and reflective exercises). Students will have an opportunity to plan a project for implementation with a group of students in their school community using place-based pedagogies. Student will also present their work at a professional development workshop with colleagues and peers and LMS interactions.
Other Learning Experiences External: No attendance required.
Assessment Students will undertake three assessment tasks:
A written short essay reviewing the literature around student engagement and community based learning (30%)
A major written essay describing a place-based project (40)%
A professional development workshop presentation to colleagues and peers (30%)
Learning outcomes
* Explain the theory and practice of schools as sites for community capacity building
* Engage in contemporary debates about teaching and learning
* Investigate the cultural geography of a local school community
* Identify key strategies for enhancing school-community dialogue
* Develop curriculum that is socially just and inclusive of diverse student lifeworlds
* Plan a curriculum project that pursues the idea of 'community as curricula'.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level course or permission of the Unit Coordinator.
Previously 2013: 'Connecting to Students' Lives'
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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.


Unit Coordinator
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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