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Semester 2 (Extended)
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This subject synthesises Teacher Candidates’ understanding of the characteristics of professional knowledge, clinical practice and engagement for professional accountability when teaching children aged from three years to five years. Teacher Candidates will reflect critically on the ways in which educational theory and research inform practice in the context of an informal, play-based curriculum.
Guided by the National Quality Framework, Teacher Candidates will demonstrate capacity to make sound clinical judgements and to independently deliver high impact clinical instruction for sustained periods engaging children in developmentally appropriate learning experiences. Mentor Teachers will continue to support Teacher Candidates in collaboration with academics who have relevant areas of expertise.
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.
In this subject, Teacher Candidates also undertake five days’ clinical teaching practice in a primary school, observing teaching and learning in the early years of formal school education. During this school-based teaching practice, experienced primary teachers mentor Teacher Candidates in collaboration.
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)
- Design and implement relevant curriculum and pedagogy, differentiating teaching to engage children in their learning, and in particular, children with additional learning needs (Graduate standards 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7)
- Design assessment tools and tasks and interpret data and evidence to make clinical judgements about teaching interventions and reflect on the impact of teaching on learning outcomes (Graduate standards 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.6)
- Critically reflect on the ways in which educational theory and research informs teaching practice (Australian Professional Standards for Teachers 1.2)
- Understand key principles of the Code of Ethics for the teaching profession (Graduate standards 7.1, 7.3, 7.4)
- Understand relevant legislative acts and regulations (Graduate standards 7.2)
This subject contributes to the development of the following set of key transferable skills:
- Clinical reasoning and thinking
- Problem solving
- Creativity and innovation
- Learning to learn and metacognition
- Evidence based decision making
- Teamwork and professional collaboration
- Responsiveness to a changing knowledge base
- Reflection for continuous improvement
- Linking theory and practice
- Inquiry and research
- Active and participatory citizenship
Last updated: 11 February 2021