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Semester 2 (Extended)
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This subject deepens the knowledge of the concepts introduced in Politics 1. The major focus of this subject is to develop further in Teacher Candidates an advanced understanding of the nature and purposes of humanities education in years 7 to 12 with a focus on Politics. Teacher Candidates will continue to explore the Victorian Curriculum. They investigate and evaluate pedagogies associated with particular disciplines of humanities in the secondary school, including how it relates to Politics; they also explore new strategies for fostering conceptual understanding, critical thinking and inquiry skills. This includes consideration of literacy and numeracy strategies appropriate to the humanities and political studies. The focus of the subject is research-based pedagogy, using disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to curriculum design and implementation. Through research and reflection, Teacher Candidates will explore and critique recent developments in humanities and politics education.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Critically reflect on research into how students learn and understand the concepts, substance, structure and implications for effective teaching practice. (Graduate Standard 1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 2.1, 3.2, 3.5, 3.6)
- Understand the distinctiveness of the social sciences and the specific disciplinary skills and knowledge that social scientists apply to contemporary issues and events (Graduate Standard 1.2, 1.5, 2.2, 2.3, 3.2, 3.3, 3.6)
- Understand how to set learning goals that provide achievable challenges for students of varying abilities and characteristics at all levels of secondary schooling (Graduate Standard 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.6)
- Select appropriate strategies to differentiate teaching to meet specific needs of students, including digital technologies, literacy, numeracy and 21st Century skills including a range of options and opportunities beyond the school and classroom, in order to engage and empower students in their learning (Graduate Standard 1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 2.4, 2.5, 3.3, 3.4)
- Evaluate teaching programs, particularly as they relate to Humanities and Politics at the school and classroom levels to improve learning and to determine the effectiveness of strategies and resources (Graduate Standard 3.3, 3.4, 3.6, 5.1)
- Identify assessment strategies including formal and informal diagnostic, formative and summative approaches to assess and to support students’ learning, particularly as it relates to civic capabilities (Graduate Standard 2.3, 3.4, 3.6, 5.1)
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: 25 July 2020