Foundations of Primary and Secondary Education

Course code EDUC1008
Not available in 2016


This course provides an introduction to education as theory, practice, and field of study. It provides students with an opportunity to understand the various discourses and disciplines that inform teachers' knowledge and pedagogical practice. It introduces students to the understanding of teaching as a profession, and critically engages with models of pedagogy.


Not currently available.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2014.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the demands of academic culture and literacy, and education as a field of study.

2. Demonstrate an awareness of the contributions of history, philosophy, psychology, and sociology to the understanding of education and the practice of teaching.

3. Critically engage with the notion of teaching as a profession.

4. Critically engage with theories that claim to capture the complexity of teachers' knowledge.

5. Critically engage with various approaches to pedagogy (incl. the NSW Quality Teaching framework).


This course introduces students to:

  1. Academic culture and literacy.
  2. Education as a field of study.
  3. The historical, philosophic, and psychological discourses and disciplines that underlie and inform western education.
  4. The social, cultural, and political contexts of contemporary education.
  5. Teaching as a profession.
  6. Contemporary approaches to pedagogy (incl. the NSW Quality Teaching framework).

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): EDUC1005. Students who have successfully completed EDUC1005 are not eligible to enrol in EDUC1008.


This course replaces EDUC1005. If you have successfully completed EDUC1005 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Critical analysis and reflection

Written Assignment: Critically analyse, research and reflect on a current educational topic

Contact Hours


Face to Face On Campus 13 hour(s) per Term

Lectures and tutorials may be conducted on a weekly basis, or grouped in multiple day-long or half-day intensives. Workshop hours are optional.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks