The Reflective Secondary Teacher

10 Units

This course is focused on developing students’ professional knowledge and practice in a supportive school-based learning environment. A key focus is on the student’s ability to gather evidence to demonstrate a developing capacity across all graduate-level elements of the Australian Professional Teaching Standards. This course builds on students’ experiences with Teach Outreach activities undertaken in schools in the first year of their teacher education program. A strong focus will be on assisting students to recognise and understand how coursework and educational research inform quality teaching and assessment practice. Directed activities will be used to assist students in connecting and interrogating what is studied at university with classroom and school-based practices and experiences. These activities will develop an advanced and critical understanding of the 7-12 classroom context. Students will have the opportunity to engage in professional learning about practice through a collegial professional learning community informed specifically by the NSW Quality Teaching model, known as Quality Teaching Rounds. Collaborative activities will supplement the learning experiences designed and enacted by the co-operating teacher, as well as the wider school community.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education
Availability Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)

Through undertaking this course, students will be expected to:

  1. Construct, implement and evaluate unit/s of work.
  2. Engage in critical reflection on their development and learning as an ethical teacher.
  3. Use and refine strategies provided by QT Rounds for identifying professional learning strengths and needs, critical analysis, individual and collegial support.
  4. Develop strategies for engagement with the wider school community and the world beyond the classroom/school.
  5. Engage in the full life of school including student sport, playground supervision, faculty/grade/stage meetings, school activities and functions.
  6. Demonstrate progress towards the attainment of Graduate Teacher Standards through directed electronic portfolio activities.
  7. Demonstrate a capacity to carry out analysis of data and communicate findings to a range of stakeholders.
  • Approaches to curriculum design in practice
  • Frameworks for understanding, interpreting, and critically reflecting upon professional practice
  • Graduate teacher standards
  • Strategies for implementing Quality Teaching, including one-to-one, small group and whole class instruction; explicit instruction and cooperative learning
Replacing Course(s) N/A
Transition N/A
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge One of the following courses depending on your teaching area: EDUC6490, EDUC6445, EDUC6499, EDUC6180, EDUC6552, EDUC6336, EDUC6250, EDUC6243, EDUC6236, EDUC6492, EDUC6493, EDUC6360.
Modes of Delivery Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Integrated Learning
Assessment Items
  • Practicum/Placement - To pass this course students must successfully complete a full time 20 day block of professional experience in a 7-12 context. During the Professional Experience placement, they will be required to demonstrate quality planning, teaching and assessment using a variety of technologies and strategies; including school-based approaches and procedures for communicating planning and assessment. Students will also demonstrate an ability to describe, analyse and communicate knowledge regarding 1) their own practice and the practice of others and 2) school-based data. Students will be assessed by cooperating teachers against the AITSL Graduate Teacher Standards. A pass (ungraded) will be recommended when: 1. The School of Education receives the original signed report indicating that the student has met requirements; and 2. The relevant Assistant Director of Professional Experience or delegate confirms that all requirements to pass the course have been met. Requirements include teaching deemed to demonstrate an acceptable level of attainment against the Graduate Teacher Standards with associated annotated evidence for e-portfolio; completion of lesson plans, units of work, self-evaluation tasks, and debriefing sessions with the cooperating teacher and QT Rounds. The Professional Experience Report must provide evidence of successful completion of 40 days of professional experience as a pre-service teacher in a Year 7-12 context i.e. that the student has made at least satisfactory progress towards achieving the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the Graduate level.
  • Projects - Capstone Task 2 - Collaborative Practitioner Inquiry Project: 4000 words equivalent, consisting of students collaboratively designing, implementing and reporting on a collaborative practitioner inquiry project incorporating multiple sources of evidence including Quality Teaching Rounds, while on professional experience placement.
Contact Hours
  • Tutorial: for 10 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
  • Lecture: for 10 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
  • Requisite by Enrolment: By Enrolment: This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Teaching (Secondary)
  • Compulsory Course Component: WHS - Prohibited Employment Declaration. Child Protection and Privacy
  • Compulsory Program Component: Completion of Other Courses Course Pre-requisites: A minimum of 70 units of study in Education at 6000 Level, which must include EDUC6166, EDUC6167, EDUC6168, and EDUC6740, and an additional 20 units of Specialist Studies.
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6773

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