Education units

University of Tasmania
Educationat Hobart - 1996


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Education - Department of Education at Hobart

Bachelor of Education
The Bachelor of Education program in Hobart will be 'taught-out' by 1997.

The four-year Bachelor of Education was designed as an integrated course of preparation for early childhood (3-8 years) and primary school teachers. Some academic units are taught by other faculties.

The course is taught, generally by the same staff, in such a way that students can relate their academic work to their professional studies.
The course contains the following elements:

(a) School Experience - students must complete the school experience programs successfully. Over the four year period they will have worked in schools for a minimum of 110 days. Every endeavour is made to ensure that each student comes into contact with as wide a variety of teaching styles as possible, at different grade levels and with children from differing socio-economic backgrounds. Early Childhood students are advised to undertake one Primary School Experience and Primary students one K-2 School Experience, something which is generally done in the second School Experience in Year 2.

(b) The Arts in Education - one of: Art, Drama, Music, and Physical Education.

(c) Curriculum and Teaching Studies - students study theories and methods of teaching. Topics include: reading and language development, mathematics, social studies, science, drama, art, music, and physical education. A teaching studies unit which includes classroom organisation and management, teaching strategies, home-school relations and other professional matters is also taught.

(d) Academic Studies - Literature and Literacy in Education: explores what it means to be literate and the range of experiences which it offers the individual. Studies cover: the chronological development of English literature; other literature in translation; various styles of writing not normally included in a traditional English literature syllabus; and various other matters which are educationally important. The program complements the student's professional studies in the curriculum area.

(e) Academic Studies - Social Sciences in Education: draws on the methods and insights of cultural studies, human geography and political science; and in the fourth year, applies it to (i) Social Research and Action,  and (ii) Citizenship Education.  Students gain a broad knowledge base, including concepts from various social sciences and intellectual skills which enable them, as teachers, to research and evaluate information independently.

(f) Mathematics in Education - give teachers sufficient knowledge and understanding of mathematics to be able to provide children with appropriate experiences in what is a major component in their education. Students complete a unit in year 2 and curriculum studies components in mathematics in years 3 and 4. In 1996 specialist study in mathematics will be offered in Year 4.

(g) Science in Education - introduces students to academic study in the major branches of science. During year 4 students take two half-year units offered by the Faculty of Science and the Department of Education covering: introductory study in Tasmanian geology and zoology, and physics units which explore the energy stream and technology in the home.

In-Service Program
The list of possible units which go to make up the In-Service Program is given in the Bachelor of Education (In Service) Schedule

The Department of Education offers a number of continuing education studies which are designed to help teachers pursue courses leading to the award of Bachelor of Education or to provide for further professional development. Students wishing to enrol in these units should apply through the Central Admissions System by the closing date (mid- October). Applicants may contact the Academic Dean, the Assistant Dean, Professional Studies or the Executive Officer, Department of Education for detailed study information and advice.

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