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This subject is designed for Master of Teaching students interested in gaining a teaching experience in a flexible, alternative or specialised learning setting. This subject includes a professional practice component and on-campus teaching.
Students engage in a one week immersion where they will gain an insight into broader contexts in which education takes place, aligning their educational practice to shifting practice and policy priorities. Students will learn about the organisational structure and philosophy of the specific setting and make a contribution to the learning programs through collaborative engagement.
The written component of this subject will provide students with opportunities to reflect upon the experiences, challenges and opportunities for teaching and learning in flexible, alternative or specialised settings.
As placement numbers and sites will vary year to year, there will be a call for expressions of interest and a selection process in Semester 1. Note that some sites can be challenging.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students will have developed:
- An understanding of the characteristics associated with flexible and alternative learning settings.
- A critical understanding of how relevant theory and knowledge underpin the focus of alternative settings.
- An understanding of how principles of learning and teaching are able to be adapted to meet the needs of individual students in new educational contexts.
- The capacity to reflect on educational philosophies, values and practices.
- The capacity to communicate and collaborate effectively with professionals in host settings.
- The capacity to draw on placement experience to reflect on educational philosophies, values and practices.
- An ability to examine a range of issues related to learning and teaching in the context in which the teaching occurred.
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: 30 April 2020