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.
2x2hr seminars/wk for 8 wks (wks 1-4 and 10-13), 6x1-hr group sessions (wks 1 (x2), 2, 4, 10, 12)
1500wd discussion paper (30%), 2000wd written analysis and peer response (40%), 1500wd stimulus discussion paper and small group seminar task (30%)
12 credit points including EDMT5676 and EDMT5010