edu4coe context of education




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students develop a deeper understanding of the various historical, social, educational and economic developments which have formed the contexts for education in its current form. The subject is structured around the following themes: The Context of Schooling; Psychological Perspectives including Mental Health and Well Being; Becoming a Professional.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorCaroline Walta

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsClass Notes, Reading Lists, Prescribed web pagesPrescribedN/AN/A
ReadingsCurriculum: Action on ReflectionRecommendedSmith D.L. and Lovatt T.JSOCIAL SCIENCE PRESS, 2003
ReadingsSmart in the Middle GradesRecommendedTomlinson, C & Doubet, K.HAWKER BROWNLOW, 2007
ReadingsTeaching challenges and dilemmasRecommendedGroundwater-Smith et alTHOMSON, VIC 2003

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Students will consider curriculum and resources associated with the schooling in the current contexts of education

Students will develop and present a portfolio which is evidence of learning and experiences associated with teaching. Material associated with this portfolio is gathered across all the experiences of the program including intensives, participating in assessment, fieldwork and practicum.

02. Students will consider the contexts of teaching and focus on current issues which impact on teaching as a career. As part of this process students will examine theories of learning and a range of philosophical thinking which has been influential in shaping the current context of education

Students will engage with the online module and create a fully developed philosophy of education essay. The content of this essay is a reflection of material contained in EDU4IMA and B plus workshops during the intensive.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Shepparton, 2015, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCaroline Walta

Class requirements

Eight 4.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on any day including weekend and delivered via face-to-face.
"On-campus intensive classes"

Problem Based Learning
One 2.0 hours problem based learning per week on any day including weekend and delivered via online.
"Directed online learning"


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
E-Portfolio presentation3001
Philosophy of Education essay7002