Professional Practice and Seminar Prim 2

Subject EDUC90369 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Summer Term, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 05-Jan-2015 to 15-Feb-2015
Assessment Period End 27-Feb-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 09-Jan-2015
Census Date 16-Jan-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-Feb-2015

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 preparation day (on campus); 29 days of professional practice in a primary school including 8 hours of school-based seminar
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Study Period Commencement:
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Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject further develops and deepens Teacher Candidates’ understandings of professional knowledge, professional practice and professional engagement in the primary school. The focus of this placement is on assessment of individual students and how to closely track student learning, manage and analyse assessment data to inform future teaching and record data for reporting purposes. Candidates continue to be mentored by experienced teachers who, together with Clinical Specialists from the university, monitor and support their work in the school. The professional practice seminars are designed to support candidates’ ongoing learning about students and their learning needs and include presentations and analysis of student learning characteristics and in-depth reflection on theory and research and implications for practising for teachers. Candidates will provide further evidence of their ability to collect and interpret data to meet the learning needs of individuals and small groups of children during the Clinical Teaching Enquiry.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject Teacher Candidates should be able to:

  • Know how to identify the prior knowledge, learning strengths and weaknesses of students and factors that impact on learning;
  • Make adjustments to instruction and program design to more closely meet the needs of individual students;
  • Expand their knowledge of theoretical and practical understandings of assessment and its role in informing teaching;
  • Know how to report on student learning to other professionals, to parents and provide effective feedback to children.

There are 2 assessment tasks; both assessment tasks must be passed.

  • Professional Practice, during all days of practicum, 60%
  • Clinical Teaching Enquiry, during exam period, 40%

There are 3 hurdle requirements:

  • Attendance on all days of practicum
  • Attendance at all practicum seminars
  • Satisfactory completion of all Professional Portfolio Artefacts

Prescribed Texts:

Churchill et al. (2011) Teaching: Making a Difference. Milton, Wiley

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:

  • Be skilled communicators who can effectively articulate and justify the role of assessment in teaching;
  • Be flexible and able to adapt to change through knowing how to learn;
  • Understand the significance of developing their practice on the basis of research evidence;
  • Work in teams with skills in cooperation, communication and negotiation;
  • Be independent of mind, responsible, resilient, self-regulating;
  • Have a conscious personal and social values base that is evident in their teaching.

Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Teaching (Primary)

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