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Launceston, Cradle Coast


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.

Summary 2021

Unit name Foundations of Teaching
Unit code EDU102
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education

Robyn McCarthy

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Plan for and be active in your own learning within the context of an Education degree
  2. Reflect on your knowledge of teaching and yourself as a developing teacher/education support worker
  3. Articulate your informed understanding of the foundations of your teachers' work
  4. Communicate in writing for an academic audience.
  5. Consolidate understanding of integration of cross-curriculum components through the development of an integrated learning plan and design challenge.




Task 1:  You as an educator: Beliefs and aspirations, 600 words (15%)

Task 2: Engagement in education settings : Student learning, motivation and engagement, 850 words (20%)

Task 3: Engagement in education settings : Planning for effective learning environments, 850 words (25%)

Task 4: Engagement in education settings: Teacher communication and learning, 1700 words (40%)

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