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This subject provides opportunities for Teacher Candidates to demonstrate the nexus between the theory and practice of teaching when teaching children aged from birth to 35 months, drawing on a range of theoretical perspectives and contemporary research to support their teaching practice. This subject requires teacher candidates to demonstrate their developing professional knowledge, clinical practice, and professional engagement. Teacher Candidates will integrate the content of academic subjects taught during the semester with their teaching practice in an intentional manner, in order to demonstrate developing understanding of children’s progression along learning and development trajectories. During clinical teaching practice, experienced Mentor Teachers support Teacher Candidates in collaboration with academics who have relevant areas of expertise.
Guided by the National Quality Framework, Teacher Candidates undertake graduated responsibility for the planning, implementation and assessment of learning experiences. Teacher Candidates will differentiate their teaching to include children with diverse needs and backgrounds and consider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives on learning and development.
The Clinical Teaching Practice seminars are framed by the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the Graduate Level. At seminars, Teacher Candidates will engage in collaborative learning and critical reflection.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, Teacher Candidates should be able to:
Graduate Standards refers to the Graduate-level Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
- Demonstrate knowledge of all (Graduate) Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
- Demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics of learners (Graduate Standards 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 3.1, 3.5, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4);
- Demonstrate subject and pedagogical content knowledge to create inclusive and productive learning environments (Graduate Standards 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.4);
- Design and implement relevant curriculum and pedagogy, integrating digital technologies and differentiating teaching to engage students in their learning (Graduate Standards 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.5, 5.4);
- Create and maintain safe and supportive learning environments demonstrating knowledge of practical approaches to promote positive behaviours (Graduate Standards 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4);
- Collect and analyse assessment data and evidence to inform clinical judgments about teaching interventions and reflect on teaching on learning outcomes (Graduate Standards 2.3, 5.4);
- Reflect on the ways in which educational theory and research informs teaching practice (Graduate Standards 1.2);
- Demonstrate knowledge of key principles of the Code of Ethics for the teaching profession (Graduate Standards 7.1, 7.3, 7.4); and
- Demonstrate knowledge of the relevant legislative acts and regulations (Graduate Standards 1.6, 7.2).
MTeach graduates 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: 7 December 2019