Teachers and Learners:School Communities (EDMT5502)


EDMT5502 'Teachers and Learners: School Communities' is the second unit in the Study 1 suite of compulsory MTeach units. This unit continues the exploration of the relationship between students and teachers while taking a closer look at the relationship between teaching and learning. The unit is divided into three themes separated by the first professional experience. The first half of the unit will focus on the theme of 'Teaching and Learning¿, exploring the complexity of pedagogy and decision making in matching pedagogical strategies to student learning needs. Underpinning this will be an exploration of the learning role pre-service teachers take in professional experience, with an emphasis on how to simultaneously be a `guest¿ in another teacher¿s classroom, while maintaining an open view to longer term professional development. Following the school based professional experience the focus will shift to theme two 'Reflection on Action', drawing on the professional experience to understand the decisions made and observed to build on the learning of professional experience and guide the ongoing process of learning as a teacher. Theme three 'Schooling and Education: a messy tangled web' will explore alternatives, innovations and dilemmas, with a focus on ongoing professional learning.

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Further unit of study information


2x2hr seminars/wk for 8 wks (wks 1-4 & 10-13), 6x1-hr group sessions (wks 1 (x2), 2, 4, 10, 12)


1500wd paper (30%), 1500 wd written analysis and peer response (40%), 1500 wd discussion paper and small group seminar task (30%)

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Unit of study rules


12 credit points including EDMT5676 and EDMT5010

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.