World and Work: The whole teacher

Course code EDST3400Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

Provides beginning teachers with the opportunity to explore current issues in early childhood education in relationship to their emerging professional persona. Students will be encouraged to critically analyse contemporary global trends in early childhood and develop a defensible image of a teacher that will form the basis for their Internship experience (BEd students) or initial employment as a teacher (BECT).

Not available in 2014

Previously offered in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesAs a result of participating in this course, students will be expected to:

1. locate their personal philosophy of teaching and learning within contemporary belief systems;

2. defend their personal philosophical position on a range of contemporary issues relating to early childhood;

3. understand the importance of reflective practice;

4. understand the contribution made to quality teaching and learning by processes of appraisal, professional development and lifelong learning;

5. develop a professional development plan for the early years of their teaching career.
ContentThe purpose of this course is to assist students with their initial transition to the workplace as a teacher. Different student groups will have different needs, but the areas to be addressed are:

* diversity, social justice and power;

* the politics of teaching;

* appraisal, professional development and lifelong learning;

* current issues confronting early childhood practitioners.
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeLearners and learning
Foundations in Early Childhood Curriculum
Foundations of Teaching
Program Development and Evaluation
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Individual Supervision
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsPersonal Philosophy of Teaching 50% 2500 words Due approx week 7
Students will develop a personal philosophy of teaching and learning and defend it according to contemporary schools of thought in general and contemporary attitudes and approaches to early childhood in particular.
Other: (please specify)Professional Development Plan (BECT students only) 50% 2500 words Due week 14 Students will set goals for an initial period of employment as a teacher (1-2 years). Additionally, they will be required to outline their intended methods of achievement and indicators that could be used to measure success.


Individual Learning Contract (BEd students only) 50% 2500 words Due week 14 In consultation with the lecturer, students will negotiate individual projects connected with fieldwork. Examples could include the preparation of an in depth teaching and learning resource associated with a specific area of learning, or the analysis of videorecordings of personal classroom
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term