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Learning Area Humanities 2 (EDUC90446)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeEDUC90446
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This subject deepens the knowledge of the concepts introduced in Humanities 1. The major focus of this subject is to develop further in Teacher Candidates an advanced understanding of the nature and purposes of humanities education in years 7 to 12. Teacher Candidates will continue to explore the Victorian Curriculum. They investigate and evaluate pedagogies associated with particular disciplines of humanities in the secondary school; they also explore new strategies for fostering conceptual understanding, critical thinking and inquiry skills. This includes consideration of literacy and numeracy strategies appropriate to the humanities (interpreting source material in history, analysing data in geography) and place-based learning.

The focus of the subject is research-based pedagogy, using disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to curriculum design and implementation. Through research and reflection, Teacher Candidates will explore and critique recent developments in humanities education.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, Teacher Candidates should be able to:

  • Critically reflect on advanced research into how students learn and understand the concepts, substance, structure and implications for effective Humanities teaching practice, including the creation of effective learning environments (Graduate Standards 1.2, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 3.2, 3.6)
  • Consolidate understanding of how to design Humanities lesson plans and learning sequences, using knowledge of student learning, curriculum, assessment, reporting as well as effective teaching resources (Graduate Standards 1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 2.2, 2.4, 3.2, 3.3, 3.6)
  • Understand how to set highly effective Humanities learning goals that provide achievable challenges for students of varying abilities and characteristics (Graduate Standards 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.6)
  • Select highly effective strategies to differentiate teaching to meet specific needs of students, including digital technologies, literacy, numeracy and 21st Century skills in order to engage and empower students in their learning (Graduate Standards 1.2, 1.5, 2.5, 2.6, 3.3, 3.4)
  • Evaluate teaching programs for particular Humanities subjects and learning objectives to improve learning and to determine the effectiveness of strategies and resources (Graduate Standards 3.3, 3.4, 3.6, 5.1)
  • Identify and apply effective assessment strategies including formal and informal diagnostic, formative and summative approaches to assess and to support students’ learning of the Humanities curriculum (Graduate Standards 2.3, 3.4, 3.6, 5.1, 5.4)

Graduate Standards refers to the Graduate-level Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Generic skills

This subject will develop the following set of key transferable skills:

  • Clinical reasoning and thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Evidence based decision making
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Teamwork and professional collaboration
  • Learning to learn and metacognition
  • Responsiveness to a changing knowledge base
  • Reflection for continuous improvement
  • Linking theory and practice
  • Inquiry and research

Active and participatory citizenship

Last updated: 11 November 2018