Faculty of Education

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedGippsland First semester 2014 (Day)


This unit will give students the opportunity to examine who they are, why they have chosen to be a teacher and what attributes and experiences they bring to the profession of teaching. They will begin to understand the roles and responsibilities of teachers, schools and other learning communities past, present and future. This unit provides an opportunity for students to examine themselves as future professionals and introduces them to the importance of reflection and the synergy between theory and practice. In addition, they will critique historical constructs relating to schools and other learning communities both nationally and internationally.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. examine the assumptions about the profession they bring to their pre-service teacher education experience
  2. describe the roles of teachers, schools and other learning communities past, present and future
  3. articulate their own beliefs, values and dispositions relating to the profession
  4. begin to understand their ethical responsibilities as future professionals
  5. understand the importance of and develop the ability to become reflective
  6. develop a language to respond critically to academic literature relating to the profession.


Group presentation and written report (2000 words, 50%)
Multimodal report (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • 9 hours of independent study per week