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Understanding Teachers' Work (BED150)

School School of Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit introduces students to the profession of teaching. It commences by looking at the self as a learner/teacher and examines the impact this may have on the role of an educator. The unit enables students to appreciate the diverse roles and responsibilities of the teacher, to understand students as individuals and groups, and to develop a critical awareness of the function of schooling in Australia. The unit integrates school experience in both a primary and secondary school setting.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should have:
1. An understanding of the diverse roles and responsibilities of the classroom teacher.
2. An appreciation of the differing abilities and needs of students.
3. An understanding of the function of schools in Australian society.
4. A developing understanding of yourself as a learner through reflective practice.
5. An understanding that your past experiences of schools and teaching will have an affect on the teacher you are becoming.
6. Developed capacities to plan, teach and evaluate lessons within the classroom environment.

Connecting to the overarching course outcomes:
- Know yourself as a student and learner.
- Know students as learners.
- Know the context of schools, learning and teaching.
- Know the profession of teaching.
Timetabled Learning Activities On-campus students: lectures/workshops: 2-3 hours per week. Students are required to attend and participate in workshops. External students are required to participate in on line workshops as required and complete a series of tasks similar to those in internal workshops.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is based on lectures, podcasts and a two hour weekly workshop. The internal workshops and tasks for external students will be focussed on the topics outlined in the UILG. These will take the form of both self-directed and group learning tasks. Students will be expected to develop an E Portfolio to demonstrate their learning.
Other Learning Experiences All students must complete one week of school experience (5 days, full-time) and a TeachLive Laboratory (an on-line digital classroom) .
On-campus students: lectures/workshops: 2-3 hours per week. Students are required to attend and participate in workshops.
External students are required to complete a series of tasks based on internal workshop activities.
Assessment This unit has a one week professional placement and a TeachLive laboratory as part of the unit so that students are able to experience the real world of teaching. Students must pass both the placement and the TeachLive component to pass the unit. There is an assignment based on the professional experience, the weekly tasks and an in class assessment. The unit consists of two integrated parts (professional experience and theory component): You must pass each component to pass the unit.
Prerequisites Enrolment in an initial teacher education course or permission from the Unit Coordinator.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed EDN112/EDN1121 Understanding Teacher's Work OR EDN550/EDN5501 Transition to Teaching may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Notes Prior to placement in any school for Professional Experience, it is mandatory that pre-service teachers complete or obtain several forms and clearances.
Information and forms regarding these mandatory requirements can be accessed via the Professional Experience website: http://www.murdoch.edu.au/School-of-Education/Professional-Experience
Completion and submission of these mandatory requirements is essential before placements can be arranged. Without these clearances a student may not proceed in the unit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Early Childhood and Primary Teaching (BEd) [New in 2014]
Primary Teaching (BEd) [New in 2014]
Primary, 1-10 Health and Physical Education (BEd) [New in 2014]
Secondary Teaching (Arts Combined Drama) (BEd)+(BA) [New in 2014]
Secondary Teaching (Arts Combined English) (BEd)+(BA) [New in 2014]
Secondary Teaching (Arts Combined History) (BEd)+(BA) [New in 2014]
Secondary Teaching (Arts Combined Languages other than English (Indonesian)) (BEd)+(BA) [New in 2014]
Secondary Teaching (Arts Combined Languages other than English (Japanese)) (BEd)+(BA) [New in 2014]
Secondary Teaching (Combined Science Degrees) (BEd)+(BSc) [New in 2014]
Secondary Teaching (Science Combined Mathematics) (BEd)+(BSc) [New in 2014]
Secondary Teaching (Science Combined Sport and Health Science) (BEd)+(BSc) [New in 2014]
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.

Contacts

Unit Coordinator
BED150
Dr Christine Glass
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2176
e: C.Glass@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.006 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
BED150

MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Mrs Elizabeth Jackson-Barrett
Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2343
e: e.jackson-barrett@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.013 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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