Professional Contexts (Early Years)

Subject EDUC90403 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Parkville, On Campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 18 hours
Total Time Commitment: 62.5 hours total commitment
Prerequisites: You must have successfully completed the following subject/s prior to enrolling in this subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.


Ms Bernadette Murphy


Education Student Centre
Subject Overview: This subject investigates socio-political contexts of schooling and the changing roles and responsibilities of teachers in complex and diverse school communities. The professional identity of teachers will be explored in relation to professional standards, legal and ethical responsibilities, organisational structures and processes, curriculum frameworks, collaborative practices, and professional growth. Issues around social justice, equity and global citizenship will be investigated. There is strong emphasis on professional dialogue with peers and critical reflection for personal self evaluation and identifying one's professional learning needs.

On completion of this subject teacher candidates will be a able to:

  • Articulate and explain the professional, legal and ethical responsibilities of teachers;
  • Understand socio-political factors impacting education communities and the implications for organisational structures and processes, and curriculum;
  • Critically reflect on their own beliefs, practices and professionalism.

There is 1 assessment task:

  • A portfolio with evidence of critical reflection (equivalent to 2000 words) due end of semester (100%).
Prescribed Texts: Collection of readings
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completion of this subject teacher candidates will have the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to :
  • Discuss the intellectual, social, cultural and psychological aspects of their work as teachers and synthesise theory and practice;
  • Understand and enact their legal responsibilities and contribute responsibly to the integrity of their profession;
  • Work effectively with other professionals, parents and members of the broader community;
  • Evaluate and use constructive criticism of their own values and practices in relation to their professional learning needs;
  • Promote the profession of teaching in the wider community.

Related Course(s): Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
Master of Teaching (Early Years)
Master of Teaching (Early Years)

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