6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Postgraduate - Unit
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In this unit students investigate and reflect on the multiple dimensions of being a teacher, with a focus on their own specialisation and its educational context. 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 in a complex world. As part of that investigation students examine, critically analyse and evaluate different theories of teaching and lesson design, with a particular focus on inquiry teaching practices as a prerequisite for effective inquiry learning. In the course of deepening understanding about the role of a teacher, 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:
- investigate the complex, multi-faceted and changing nature of teachers' work
- examine, critically analyse and evaluate different theories of teaching practice, including the process of lesson planning
- develop a theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of inquiry teaching practice as a foundation for inquiry learning, especially in their particular specialisation
- develop critical awareness of the ways policy documents (at local, national and global levels) have an impact on teachers' professional practice in diverse educational settings.
Research essay: Teacher inquiry literacy in my specialisation (1600 words, 40%)
Online test (800 words or equivalent, 20%)
Teaching inquiry: Designing an inquiry-based learning experience (1600 words, 40%)
Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:
- Contact hours for on-campus students:
- equivalent to 24 hours engagement in online, face-to-face or blended platforms
- Contact hours for off-campus students:
- equivalent to 24 hours engagement in online or blended platforms
- Additional requirements (all students)
- independent study to make up the minimum required hours per semester
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