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EDF4510

Faculty of Education

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Nicola Johnson (Gippsland); Dr Elizabeth Tudball (Clayton)

Synopsis

The emphasis in the unit is on the nature of the curriculum as it is enacted in the classroom and its connection to whole-school, community practices and global concerns including philosophical, moral and political dimensions. The implications of connecting the curriculum in order to address a variety of concerns relate to the professionalism of the educator, their pedagogy and assessment practices. In association with the practicum, students are required to critically evaluate, apply and imagine curriculum ideas that enable teachers to teach in educative settings. The unit will draw on contemporary curriculum developments internationally and in Australia including: nationalising the curriculum, who actually controls the curriculum, making the curriculum educative, curriculum integration and community-based curriculum.

Outcomes

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

  1. develop a critical perspective on historical and contemporary curriculum ideas
  2. understand the notion of an educative curriculum and be able to critique the notion of the disciplines and inter-disciplinary studies
  3. understand the implications of the philosophical and political dimensions of the curriculum and how these impact pedagogical and assessment practices
  4. apply these understandings by constructing a robust critique of a current curriculum practice.

Assessment

Written assignment 1 (2000 words equivalent, 50%)
Written assignment 2 (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

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

Prerequisites

Enrolment in pre-service teacher education qualification, Bachelor of Education or Graduate Diploma of Education