Productive Teacher Learning

10 Units

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. The course will be delivered in a flexible mode combining an intensive face-to-face component with distance facilitation of student-centred learning by on-line discussion and email communication.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

(1) To introduce students to models of professional learning that are consistent with Productive Pedagogy and Authentic Pedagogy models of teaching (2) To help students develop of deep understanding of the pertinent research literature (3) To assist students in the analysis of current professional learning practices in educational settings (4) To enable students to 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.

Replacing Course(s) Nil
Transition Nil
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Knowledge of Productive Pedagogy
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : Paper Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - (45%): An analysis of teacher professional learning needs based on current research literature in authentic and productive models of teaching (2,000 words).
  • Essays / Written Assignments - (55%): Documentation and analysis of strategies to improve curriculum, pedagogy and assessment practice through a site-specific approach to teacher learning in relation to a) an analysis of prior observed practices and b) relevant research literature (3,000 words).
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6203

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