Information on this page, including unit offerings, is from the 2020 academic year.
Understanding Teachers' Work (BED150)
|Availability||MURDOCH: S2E-internal, S2E-external|
|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 professional experience in either a primary or 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.
7. Develop an understanding of key principles to meet professional ethics and responsibilities for the teaching profession.
|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 capacity on professional placement.|
|Other Learning Experiences||All students must complete one week of school placement (5 days, full-time). This placement is non-negotiable and is COMPULSORY. Placement dates will be available on unit commencement. On-campus students: lectures/workshops: 2-3 hours per week. Students are required to attend and participate in workshops. All students are required to complete a series of tasks based on workshop activities.|
|Assessment||This unit has a one week (5 days) compulsory professional placement as part of the unit so that students are able to experience the real world of teaching. Students must pass the professional placement to pass the unit. There is an assignment based on the professional experience, e-portfolio weekly workbook tasks and one essay assessment. The unit consists of two integrated parts (professional experience and theory component): You must pass each component to pass the unit. Please note: all assessments must be completed and submitted.|
|Prerequisites||Successful completion of BED100 Ideas in Education and EDN199 SimLab
Entry Screening. 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.
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|Internet Access Requirements||Murdoch 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.|