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Semester 1 (Early-Start)
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This subject is an introduction to the field of drama education and its application to secondary schools. Teacher Candidates will study the drama curriculum within Australian and Victorian educational contexts with a particular focus on planning for teaching and learning drama in the secondary school. Teacher Candidates will engage in theoretical studies and practical drama workshops to inform their understanding of drama as an arts discipline and a pedagogy in the junior, middle and senior secondary curriculum. Topics will include teaching strategies and structures to promote learning in the drama classroom, assessment and evaluation, resources for drama and theatre studies teaching, including ICT, and designing and teaching drama programs appropriate for a range of diverse educational contexts. Learning through drama pedagogy is explored including the investigation of multi-modal texts and the manipulation of space, time and form. Teacher Candidates will develop skills in interpreting and applying the Victorian Curriculum and VCE curriculum frameworks.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, Teacher Candidates should be able to:
1. Begin to critically reflect on research into how students learn and understand the concepts, substance, structure and implications for effective Drama teaching practice, including the creation of effective learning environments (Graduate Standards 1.2, 2.1 )
2. Understand how to design Drama lesson plans and learning sequences, using knowledge of student learning, curriculum, assessment, reporting as well as effective teaching resources (Graduate Standards 2.2, 2.3, 3.2)
3. Understand how to set learning goals that provide achievable challenges for students of varying abilities and characteristics (Graduate Standards 3.1)
4. Begin to identify assessment strategies in Drama including formal and informal diagnostic, formative and summative approaches to assess and to support students’ learning (Graduate Standards 5.1, 5.4)
Graduate Standards refers to the Graduate-level Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
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: 16 July 2020