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Semester 2 (Extended)
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This subject prepares Teacher Candidates for the teaching of secondary school physics. Pedagogical methods and approaches appropriate to physics are covered. These include classroom instruction and student discussion, practical laboratory work, and the use of Information and Communication Technology. The subject prepares Teacher Candidates to teach and assess VCE students’ understanding as outlined in the Victorian Certificate of Education Physics (VCE) Study Design, particularly Units 2 and 4. In addition, students will build on their understanding of the year 7-10 general science component of the Victorian Curriculum and the VCE course.
The first assessment task involves preparing a School Assessed Coursework Task (SAC) oriented to the particular learning needs of the class. The second assessment task involves preparing and delivering either a practical class or a demonstration, evaluating its effectiveness on student learning and how it addresses diverse learning needs.
Within this subject, Teacher Candidates will also be introduced to relevant professional associations and bodies who support the collaborative development of disciplinary pedagogical knowledge and expertise.
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.
- Critically reflect on research into how students learn and understand the concepts, substance, structure and implications for effective teaching practice of Physics, including the creation of effective learning environments (Graduate Standards 1.2, 2.1, 4.4)
- Consolidate skills in designing lesson plans and learning sequences, using knowledge of student learning, curriculum, assessment, reporting as well as creating effective teaching resources for teaching and learning in Physics and Science (Graduate Standards 2.2, 2.3, 3.2)
- Understand how to select and set learning goals that provide achievable challenges for students of varying abilities and characteristics (Graduate Standards 3.1)
- Select and enact appropriate strategies and pedagogies to differentiate teaching to meet specific needs of students in Physics and Science classroom settings, drawing on digital technologies and literacy and numeracy understandings in order to engage and empower students in their learning (Graduate Standards 1.5, 2.5, 2.6, 3.3, 3.4 and 4.4)
- Evaluate, adapt and develop teaching programs to improve learning and reflect to determine the effectiveness of strategies and resources (Graduate Standards 3.6)
- Identify and implement assessment strategies including formal and informal diagnostic, formative and summative approaches to assess and to support students’ learning of Physics and Science (Graduate Standards 5.1, 5.4)
MTeach graduates 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: 9 October 2020