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This subject builds on Learning Area Legal Studies 1 and focuses on further developing Teacher Candidates’ understanding of approaches to support the teaching and learning of Legal Studies. Teacher Candidates will have an opportunity to develop their knowledge of how to create, implement and evaluate learning resources based on pedagogical strategies explored in Learning Area Legal Studies 1. A variety of learning resources will be examined, including those based on new and emerging digital technologies, and strategies related to their safe, responsible and ethical use in the learning and teaching of Legal Studies will be discussed. Teacher Candidates will identify the literacy and numeracy demands of particular Legal Studies concepts and analyse how particular learning resources might be adapted to enable diverse students to engage with, and develop their disciplinary understanding of, such Legal Studies concepts. Teacher Candidates will have an opportunity to demonstrate how data and evidence can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of a chosen learning resource to support student learning in Legal Studies.
Learning Area Legal Studies 2 will also focus on assessment with consideration of VCE assessment principles and guidelines. Teacher Candidates will engage with VCE assessment materials to inform the creation, and evaluation, of a teaching program in Legal Studies Unit 3 and 4. Building on Learning Area Legal Studies 1, Teacher Candidates will consolidate their knowledge of how to plan Legal Studies units of work that take into account context, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment to support diverse students to meet specific learning outcomes.
Reflection on teaching practice in Learning Area Legal Studies 2 will be facilitated through Professional Practice Case Studies. These case studies enable Teacher Candidates to draw upon reflections of their placement experiences in school based contexts, as well as theory and research, to respond to contextually based scenarios and dilemmas of practice. Teacher Candidates will use these case studies, together with collegiate interaction and self-reflection, to determine areas for future professional growth and development as a Legal Studies educator.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of Legal Studies curriculum frameworks, particularly in relation to assessment, and their use in the design of learning resources and unit plans (Graduate Standard 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 5.1)
- Create, implement and evaluate Legal Studies learning resources that integrate digital technologies and cater for student diversity (Graduate Standard 1.2, 1.5, 2.1, 2.6, 3.1, 3.3, 3.4)
- Design and implement Legal Studies learning resources to support interventionist teaching practices and explain how their use, and adaptation, might address the diverse literacy and numeracy needs of students (Graduate Standard 1.2, 1.5, 2.1, 2.5, 3.1, 3.3, 3.4)
- Create and evaluate a Legal Studies unit and assessment plan in accordance with curriculum frameworks, which utilise discipline specific knowledge (Graduate Standard 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 5.1)
- Examine, and demonstrate understanding of, teaching interventions which support the development of subject specific literacy and numeracy in Legal Studies (Graduate Standard 1.2, 2.1, 2.5, 3.1, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5)
- Collect and analyse student data using assessment tools and tasks to make sound clinical judgments about a Legal Studies learning resource and its effectiveness in relation to specific learners (Graduate Standard 1.3, 1.5, 2.1, 3.6, 5.1, 5.4)
- Demonstrate the ability to use pedagogical content knowledge and reflection on teaching practice in Legal Studies to examine teaching interventions and their impact on student learning (Graduate Standard 1.2, 2.1, 3.6, 5.1, 5.4)
- Identify areas for future professional growth in teaching practice in Legal Studies (Graduate Standard 6.1, 6.4, 7.4)
This subject will develop the following set of key transferable skills:
- Clinical reasoning and thinking
- Problem solving
- Evidence based decision making
- Creating and innovating
- Working in teams communicating and collaborating with other professionals
- Learning to learn and metacognition
- Being responsive to a changing knowledge base
- Reflecting and continually making improvements
- Linking theory and practice
- Inquiring and researching
- Becoming a citizen and taking personal and social responsibility.
Last updated: 3 November 2022