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This subject is designed for Master of Teaching students interested in gaining experience in an international setting. Students will complete an internship where they will choose to participate in either (a) a two-week staff-coordinated program at one of a suite of three schools, or (b) an independent internship from a list of schools/institutions with which the university has an agreement. Placement numbers and sites can vary from year to year.
The international internship options provide students with opportunities to experience the full life of a school/institution in another country, through immersion in day to day activities. Students will work alongside educators in each school/institution to make a contribution to the learning programs, through collaborative and collegial 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 an international school/institution.
Applicants for this subject will be required to submit an expression of interest during Semester 1 when a selection process will take place. Students will be required to fund the cost of the trip. They may be eligible to apply for a Melbourne Global Scholars Award.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of the subject students should have developed:
- Understanding of how principles of learning and teaching are applied in an international educational context;
- Capacity to draw on the internship experience to reflect on educational philosophies, values and practices;
- Critical understanding of the importance of effective communication and collaboration with professionals within an international educational context;
- Ability to examine a range of issues related to learning and teaching in the international education context in which the teaching occurred; and
- Understanding of how to work in cross-cultural settings.
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: 29 April 2020