EDF4121 - Teaching: The power to change - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Dr Niranjan Casinader (Clayton)

Dr Hilary Monk (Online)

Mr Mal Grimmett (Peninsula)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • First semester 2017 (Online)


In this unit students investigate and reflect on what it means to be a teacher in different educational contexts. They consider the kinds of 'power' they have as an individual teacher and the teaching profession as a whole to influence young people's learning and development and to help shape a multicultural, democratic and sustainable future world. As part of that investigation students examine, critically analyse and evaluate different theories of teaching, and inquire into the multiple dimensions of teachers' work in diverse settings. In the course of developing an emerging personal and professional standpoint around teaching, students research a number of policy documents (at local, national and global levels) and consider the ways these policies influence teachers' practices and sense of who they are as professionals.


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

  1. examine, critically analyse and evaluate different theories of teaching and teaching practice
  2. investigate the complex, multi-faceted and changing nature of teachers' work
  3. explore and critically reflect on the ever-evolving nature of teachers' professional identity
  4. develop a personal and professional philosophy of teaching
  5. develop critical awareness of the ways policy documents (at local, national and global levels) have an impact on teachers' professional identity and professional practice in diverse educational settings.


Case study: critical biography - report of teachers' work in context (1600 words, 40%)

Research essay (one or two theories/theorists) and position statement (philosophy) (2400 words, 60%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • equivalent to 24 hours engagement in online, face-to-face or blended platforms
  2. Contact hours for off-campus students:
    • equivalent to 24 hours engagement in online or blended platforms
  3. Additional requirements (all students)
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per semester

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