The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to the research and development literature on the relationship between Authentic and Productive approaches to teaching and teachers' professional learning. In particular, the course will examine the literature on professional development and explore implications of productive and authentic models of teaching. As part of this course, students will be introduced to recent attempts to improve the quality of teaching practice using productive and authentic models of teaching. In addition, the course will assist students to identify strategies that could be used in implementing productive and authentic approaches in their own work places.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Analyse models of professional learning that are consistent with Productive Pedagogy and Authentic Pedagogy models of teaching

2. Develop deep understanding of pertinent research literature

3. Analyse current professional learning practices in educational settings

4. Design professional learning strategies and programs for their own site.


An introduction to current understandings of teachers' professional learning, conventional professional development practices and the need for new models of productive teacher learning An analysis of the relationship between the organisation of teachers' work and the role of teachers' professional learning in organisational improvement An introduction to, and application of, organisational strategies designed to promote productive teacher professional learning.

Assumed knowledge

Knowledge of Productive Pedagogy

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Integrated Learning Session

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term