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This subject investigates the nature of student engagement in order to support the creative work of teachers in bringing students and curriculum together in meaningful encounter. Special emphasis is placed on comprehending and building teacher’s knowledge of those they teach: who these people are (their ways of being), how they change/learn (becoming), and how this knowledge and experience, often downplayed, contributes to the creative task of teaching. Such knowledge is employed to inform the design task of unit planning as this articulates the broader expectations for who the students are asked to be through the unit, as well as the learning activities and content. Unit planning is also positioned as defining the educational ‘space’ which contextualizes the specific clinical interventions that a teacher designs and performs.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- Explain how the ways in which teachers know students contribute to the creative task of teaching.
- Design units of work with a deep understanding of how to incorporate teacher's knowledge of students so as to engage them with the relevant curriculum.
- Evaluate a unit of work by applying education theory that informs understanding of student engagement.
On completion of this subject students will:
- Be critical thinkers, with the capacity to be self-directed learners.
- Have a high level of presentational, dialogic and written communication skills.
- Be able to engage in meaningful public discourse, with an awareness of community needs.
- Have the capacity to support and lead collaborative tasks.
Last updated: 10 November 2023