This unit introduces you to the study of teaching as a profession and provides opportunities for you to critically examine the nature of teachers’ work. Through reflecting on your past educational experiences and dispositions (that is, your attitudes and beliefs) about teaching and teachers, you will establish a sound base to develop your knowledge and understanding of contemporary teaching practice. Content explored in this unit includes the pragmatics of teachers’ work such as planning, establishing a positive and supportive learning environment, communicating as a teacher, and student learning, motivation and engagement. You will have the opportunity to further explore each of these topics and to develop your professional knowledge through observation of educational contexts. You will be introduced to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Level) and reflect on these in relation to your engagement in this unit and thus, your own development as a teacher or education support specialist.
|Unit name||Foundations of Teaching|
|College/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
|Coordinator||Doctor Robyn McCarthy|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Cradle Coast||Semester 1||On-Campus||International||Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Plan for and be active in your own learning within the context of of an Education degree
- Reflect on your knowledge of teaching and yourself as a developing teacher/education support worker
- Articulate your informed understanding of the foundations of your teachers' work
- Communicate in writing for an academic audience.
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|Assessment||Reflection (15%)|Reflection (20%)|Reflection (25%)|Reflection (40%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required Readings are set by the Unit Coordinator as readings that are essential for this Unit. Students need to buy these texts as they will be a useful resource throughout your study and your future teaching practice.
Churchill et al., (2022). Teaching: Making a difference (5th ed.). Wiley.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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