Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students examine the aims of education and schooling in a global and local context. Students consider a variety of pedagogical styles and the principles on which they are based. Theories of learning and mind, including constructivism and metacognition, are considered. Approaches to teacher evaluation are examined and the issue of teaching as labour, profession or art is discussed.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMargaret Robertson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

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Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
Readings12 brain/mind learning principles in action: the fieldbook for making connections, teaching, and the human brain,RecommendedCaine, R. et al,CORWIN PRESS 2005
ReadingsEducating Psyche : emotion, imagination and the unconscious in learning,RecommendedNeville, B.FLAT CHAT PRESS 2005
ReadingsEducational psychology for teaching and learning,RecommendedKrause, K-L., Bochner, S., Duchesne, S. and McMaugh, A.CENGAGE LEARNING AUSTRALIA 2010
ReadingsMultiple intelligences: new horizons,RecommendedGardner, H.NEW YORK: BASIC BOOKS; LONDON: PERSEUS RUNNING [DISTRIBUTOR], 2006.
ReadingsPsychology for educators,RecommendedVialle, W., Lysaght, P. and Verenikina, I.THOMSON, SOUTHBANK 2005
ReadingsTeacher voices: the school experience,RecommendedBrady, L.PEARSON EDUCATION, FRENCH'S FOREST 2003
ReadingsThe discipline dilemma,RecommendedLewis, R.2ND EDN, THE AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL FOR EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, MELBOURNE 1997
ReadingsEffective Teaching StrategiesRecommendedKillen R. (2013)MELBOURNE: CENGAGE
ReadingsEducational Psychology: theory and practice (10th ed.)RecommendedSlavin, R.E. (2006)BOSTON: PEARSON/ALLYN & BACON
ReadingsVisible learning for teachersRecommendedHattie, J. (2012)LONDON: ROUTLEDGE
ReadingsThe Learning RevolutionRecommendedGardner, H. (2013) and others (multiple contributors)WWW.CONTEXT.ORG/ICLIB/IC27/

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Clearly and effectively represent and communicate ideas in writing in a range of contexts.

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02. Effectively communicate orally in a variety of contexts, including professional interaction.

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03. Collect, organise and analyse data; competently use information technology.

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04. Demonstrate skills in decision making, learn purposely and independently, adapt to change, analyse and evaluate.

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05. Resolve problems creatively and innovatively; apply knowledge and skills.

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06. Communicate, cooperate, lead, deal with different perspectives, and have productive working relationships.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Week 03-03, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMargaret Robertson

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 03 - 03
Five 7.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 03 to week 03 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Wednesday 11 January will be flexible time for group work."


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Assessment Task 1: Group Presentation (equiv. 2000 words)30 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Assessment Task 2: Journal entries (6-8 entries suggested, totalling 1000 words)30 01, 03, 04, 05, 06
Assessment Task 3: Essay (2000 words)40 01, 03, 04, 05, 06