Learning and Teaching Contexts 1

Subject EDUC90583 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

January, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 23-Nov-2015 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 08-Jul-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 30-Dec-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 22-Apr-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

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

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Ms Kira Clarke



Subject Overview:

This subject assists participants to understand their professional and legal role in and beyond the classroom, as well as the changing social, policy and professional contexts in which students learn and teachers work. It will also examine the social, economic, cultural and locational factors that have an impact on student learning and educational outcomes. Key themes of equity, inclusion and social justice are addressed. These are examined in the light of system and school-level response, with a focus on the role of policy in guiding teacher practice, curriculum design, professional relationships and professional conduct.

This subject along with EDUC90580 Evidence Based Learning and Teaching 1 and EDUC90823 Language, Literacy and Numeracy, requires participants to implement the Clinical Praxis Exam.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of key debates and theories concerning equity, social differences and human rights and their relevance to educational practice and policy
  • Critically consider system and school-based responses to addressing issues relating to equity, inclusion, social justice, student well being and safety
  • Develop a critical analysis of the wider social and global context of education systems, schools and classrooms
  • Build an understanding of the socio-cultural factors that shape students’ learning, their school experiences and educational outcomes
  • Acquire/deepen knowledge of the diverse professional contexts of teachers’ work in schools and other educational settings as well as understand professional codes of ethics and conduct.

  • Group Scenario Presentation – Delivery of lesson based on a case study representing students of diverse backgrounds. (1 hour, equivalent to 1,250 words per participant), due during Session 1: summer program, 30%
  • Scenario Reflective Essay – Response to a social issue (1,250 words) Due during Session 1: summer program, 30%
  • Clinical praxis examination (oral presentation) (20 minutes, equivalent 1,500 words – for this subject). Due during Session2: winter program (July), 40%

Hurdle Requirement: Five face-to-face and online Discussions and Reading Reviews, due during Session 1: summer school and semester 1

This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at all tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Prescribed Texts:

Students will be provided with a collection of readings, via the online Learning Management System (LMS).

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, participants will have the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to:

  • Critically reflect on their practice and professional role
  • Articulate the importance of equity, participation and democracy in education
  • Work collaboratively and productively in their school to meet community and system expectations.

Related Course(s): Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship

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