Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedBerwick Second semester (extended) 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Julie Faulkner


This unit focuses on education as a scholarly discipline and teaching as a profession. Students apply evidence-based processes, which enable their ongoing professional learning and their transition from pre-service teacher to teacher and teacher-researcher. Students consider the nature of teachers' work, including ethical, professional, industrial, legal, emotional, intellectual and physical dimensions. They develop a sense of their emerging professional identities and engage in evidence-based articulations of their beliefs, values, and commitments as beginning teachers. A range of research methodologies are introduced and teacher professional standards are critically examined.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • engage critically with the social, political and cultural contexts of teaching as a profession, including policies and standards
  • recognise and respond to the range and depth of teachers' work (including ethical, professional, industrial, legal, emotional, intellectual and physical dimensions)
  • articulate their beliefs, values, commitments, and identities as professional educators, and demonstrate these through documented evidence
  • cultivate collaborative approaches to teaching, learning, and reflective practice
  • engage in deep, authentic, and critical reflection about their work and responsibilities as professional educators (including planning for learning, engaging students in their learning and effective classroom management)
  • understand the ways in which ongoing professional learning and teacher research enable professional educators to respond to the challenges and pressures facing the profession.


Assessment task 1: A presentation (30%)
Assessment task 2: A personal teaching philosophy statement (30%)
Assessment task 3: A critical reflection on teacher identity and professionalism (40%)

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Contact hours

Average of 24 hours per week including 3 contact hours