units

EDF4890

Faculty of Education

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - 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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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Mr Greg Lancaster

Notes

This unit is part B of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part A (EDF4889).

Synopsis

This unit is the second of two units which aim to prepare pre-service teachers to teach physics in secondary schools and colleges both as a specialist unit in senior years (Years 11 and 12) and within the junior science curriculum (Years 7 to 10). A central focus of the second unit is to assist pre-service teachers to develop their capacity and confidence to effectively communicate their physics knowledge using a range of appropriate teaching strategies, while encouraging purposeful and critical thinking in their students.The unit also aims to build an awareness and confidence in each pre-service teacher to design a variety of authentic assessment and monitoring procedures aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of their students to achieve the intended learning objectives of the local senior physics curriculum framework. Pre-service teachers will also research and design a unit of work suitable for teaching a senior physics topic and critally reflect on their own professional practice and its importance for effecting continuous improvement. The unit will highlight the importance of setting personal and professional goals and actively seeking professional learning programs that contribute to the ongoing improvement of one's professional classroom practice.

Outcomes

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

  1. interpret, critique and implement the language, content and assessment methods in the senior physics curriculum documents useful in contemporary physics teaching in secondary schools and colleges
  2. develop a capacity and confidence to effectively communicate their physics knowledge using a range of appropriate methods, while planning lessons which encourage purposeful and critical thinking in their students
  3. access and develop a diverse range of effective teaching strategies useful in physics and general science education and design engaging activities suitable for the diverse social and cultural backgrounds of their prospective students
  4. research and design a unit of work suitable for teaching a topic from their local senior physics curriculum and critically reflect on their own professional practice and its importance for effecting continuous improvement
  5. access and employ a variety of authentic assessment and monitoring procedures aimed at evaluating the success of students to meet the intended learning outcomes of the lesson and physics curriculum framework.

Assessment

This unit is graded pass grade only (PGO)

Written assignment (1000 words, 25%)
Reflective journal and discussion problems (1000 words, 25%)
Preparation of a unit of work (2000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • 2-3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

Prerequisites

EDF4889 or EDF4113

Prohibitions

EDF4419