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This subject provides opportunities for Teacher Candidates to demonstrate the nexus between the theory and practice of teaching when teaching children aged from birth to 5 years, drawing on a range of theoretical perspectives and contemporary research to support their teaching practice. This subject requires Teacher Candidates to demonstrate their developing professional knowledge, clinical practice, and professional engagement. Teacher Candidates will integrate the content of academic subjects taught during the semester with their teaching practice in an intentional manner, in order to demonstrate developing understanding of children’s progression along learning and development trajectories.
During clinical teaching practice, experienced Mentor Teachers support Teacher Candidates in collaboration with Clinical Teaching Specialists who have relevant areas of expertise.
Guided by the National Quality Framework, Teacher Candidates undertake graduated responsibility for the planning, implementation and assessment of learning experiences. Teacher Candidates will differentiate their teaching to include children with diverse needs and backgrounds and consider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives on learning and development.
The Clinical Teaching Practice seminars are framed by the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the Graduate Level. At seminars, Teacher Candidates will engage in collaborative learning and critical reflection.
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)
- Understand the characteristics of learners (Graduate Standards 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 3.1, 3.5, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4)
- Apply subject and pedagogical content knowledge to create inclusive and productive play-based learning environments (Graduate Standards 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.4)
- Create and maintain safe and supportive learning environments using practical approaches to promote positive behaviours (Graduate Standards 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4)
- Establish and maintain ethical and respectful relationships with students, colleagues and parents, working independently and collaboratively across the school community (Graduate Standards 7.1, 7.2, 7.3)
This subject contributes to the development of the following set of key transferable skills:
- Clinical reasoning and thinking
- Active and participatory citizenship
- Inquiry and research
- Problem solving
- Creativity and innovation
- Evidence based decision making
- Teamwork and professional collaboration
- Learning to learn and metacognition
- Responsiveness to a changing knowledge base
- Reflection for continuous improvement
- Linking theory and practice
Last updated: 10 January 2020