Quality Teaching in Secondary Classrooms

10 Units

This course provides students with foundational knowledge and skills that they will need in order to become a secondary teacher and maximise the achievement of learning outcomes for all students. EDUC6771 introduces students to principles and practice of quality teaching, by focusing on approaches to teaching that (a) promote high levels of intellectual quality; (b) establish high quality contexts for learning; and © generate significance for learners. Students will have the opportunity to analyse, design, evaluate and reflect upon quality classroom and assessment practice.

The University of Newcastle, the NSW Institute of Teachers and our education partners in schools and centres require that all students demonstrate a commitment to professional teaching practice by attending and engaging in lectures, tutorials and other activities provided by the university within our Teacher Education programs.

Students’ professional commitment to teaching will be assessed by a 100% attendance requirement at sessions indicated as compulsory in the course outline. These lectures are compulsory because they present information that is critical to successful completion of the placement.
Attendance will be recorded on rolls available at the entrance to lecture theatres and/or tutorial rooms. Students should ensure that they allow sufficient time to be marked as present and provide adequate identification.

Students who arrive late and leave early without prior arrangement with the course coordinator will be deemed to have not completed the attendance requirement. If students leave the activity early and fail to identify themselves a second roll will be taken upon conclusion to the activity.

If a student fails to attend a compulsory session the student is responsible for contacting course coordinator within three (3) working days to request permission to complete a supplementary assessment task. This task will cover the same information that was in the missed session. These tasks will be pass/fail only and will not include written feedback. All replacement tasks are to be submitted at least two weeks before the commencement of the placement.

Students who have not complied with any of these requirements will not be provided with a placement.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education

Not currently offered

Previously offered in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be expected to: 1. synthesise a broad research base to deepen their understandings of the foundations of quality teaching in secondary schools; 2. plan and teach a lesson that supports high levels of intellectual quality; establishes a high quality learning environment and generates significance for learners; 3. critically evaluate and reflect upon classroom teaching based on their understanding of quality classroom practice; and 4. apply the principles of quality teaching to the design and evaluation of assessment tasks; and


The following course content will be addressed in the context of quality teaching in secondary schools: * becoming a quality teacher; * promoting intellectual quality; * establishing high quality learning environments; * generating significance for learners; * planning and reflecting upon quality classroom practice; and * planning and reflecting upon quality assessment practice.

Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assessment Task 1: Quality Assessment Practice. Students are required to analyse and improve the quality of assessment tasks; equivalent to 1,400 words.
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assessment Task 2: Quality Classroom Practice. Students are required to plan, engage in, evaluate and reflect upon classroom practice; equivalent to 1,400 words.
  • Journal - Assessment Task 3: Learning Journal. Students are required contribute to an online learning journal; equivalent to 1200 words.
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 14 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
  • Tutorial: for 7 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
  • Practical: for 12 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Requirements
  • Requisite by Enrolment This course is only available to students enrolled in the: Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for EDUC6771
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