Ede4103 Assignment 1

Staffing

Examiner: Rod Fogarty

Requisites

Pre-requisite: (EDC3100 and EDE4103) or (EDC3100 and EDP3333 and EDP4130) or (EDC3100 and EDS4401) or (EDC3100 and EDV4440)

Other requisites

This course should be taken in the final semester of enrolment in the intern?s pre-service teacher education program and must be taken after or in conjunction with any other required courses in their program.

Students must be available for a prescribed period of time to undertake a placement in a school or other approved site as required in this course. All professional placements are subject to the approval of the Faculty of Education.

Before commencing this course students will be assumed to have read the full details of Professional Experience particulars and familiarised themselves with the requirements. Please see the Education Placement Professional Experience website https://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/assessment/professional-experience and the Professional Experience Book for full details.

State law in Queensland (Australia) requires that all adults working/undertaking professional experience/researching with children under the age of 18, in the state of Queensland must hold a valid Blue Card http://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/volunteers/doineedabluecard.html OR Exemption Card http://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/faqs/exemption-card-faqs.html
If undertaking placement outside of Queensland you must ensure that all relevant checks are completed and evidence of this is provided to the Professional Experience office http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/assessment/professional-experience

Rationale

Beginning teachers report that there are significant differences between their experiences as pre-service teachers and those they encounter in the first year of teaching. The professional placement provides a bridge between the more closely supervised professional experience placements and the first year of the education career. Each student is fully immersed in the role of the educator at the host site. Such immersion has the potential to provide the student with an authentic and accelerated understanding of the responsibilities, skills, attitudes and knowledge required of an emerging professional educator. This course provides opportunities for students to reflect on and synthesise their learning in relation to their professional identities as contemporary educators, as these are framed by professional standards frameworks.

Synopsis

Students will seek the authorisation of a host site to undertake 20 day professional placement. In Queensland schools this will also require an internship authorisation from the Queensland College of Teachers: equivalent processes may be required in other jurisdictions. Students are also able to elect to undertake the placement in a non-school setting (such as a community-based education context or in industry) subject to the approval of the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts. In all settings appropriate arrangements for mentoring and supervision will be required as part of the process of approval of proposed placements. In schools or other settings students will each undertake lead responsibility for teaching or equivalent to 50% of the normal load of a fulltime educator at the site. For the remainder of the placement, interns will be expected to engage fully in the learning and teaching process, under the supervision of their mentor teacher. This will include the full repertoires of practice in which educators engage in schools or professional community life. Students will draw on the prior learning and experiences that inform their personalised frameworks of practice that delineate the roles and responsibilities of contemporary educators as global citizens. They will be able to make connections between theory and practice and the professional standards for educators (such as the Queensland College of Teachers' Professional Standards for Teachers) and will document these connections through a personalised e-portfolio.

Objectives

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. take full responsibility for the day-to-day management of learning and teaching in assigned classes - or the equivalent tasks/role in other approved contexts (Professional Placement - 1.1, 1.2, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 7.1, 7.2)
  2. demonstrate a range of effective classroom or workplace management and communication strategies (Professional Placement - 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.4, 7.1, 7.2)
  3. exhibit effective resource selection and use of age and subject appropriate teaching strategies (Professional Placement - 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 5.1)
  4. reflect on and evaluate their own professional practice and readiness for the teaching profession against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Portfolio - 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 6.3, 7.4)
  5. develop a plan for continued professional growth and development against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Portfolio - 6.1, 6.3)
  6. demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of appropriate ICT uses in education (Portfolio - 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.6, 3.4)
  7. demonstrate a capacity to draw on resources and understandings collated over duration of the program in the development of the personalised portfolio (Portfolio - 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 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, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 5.5, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 7.1)
  8. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing (Portfolio).

Topics

DescriptionWeighting(%)
1. The future of teaching: education and social change10.00
2. Professional, ethical and legal issues for teachers20.00
3. Professional standards and the work of teachers20.00
4. Preparing for the profession20.00
5. Applying theory to practice and drawing theory from practice10.00
6. Developing a professional portfolio20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2017&sem=02&subject1=EDC4000)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

Reference materials

  • Churchill, R, Ferguson, P, Godinho, S, Johnson, NF, Keddie, A, Letts, W, Mackay, J, McGill, M, Moss, J, Nagel, MC, Nicholson, P & Vick, M 2016, Teaching: making a difference, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Australia.
Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

ActivityHours
Directed Study80.00
Independent Study85.00

Assessment details

DescriptionMarks out ofWtg (%)Due DateNotes
PROFESSIONAL PLACEMENT1111 Jul 2017(see note 1)
INITIAL PORTFOLIO & PLAN353510 Aug 2017
FINAL PORTFOLIO646428 Sep 2017

NOTES
  1. Students must successfully complete the professional experience to be eligible for a passing grade for this course. A mark of one (1) indicates you have passed the Professional Experience component. A mark of zero (0) indicates you have not passed the Professional Experience component. Professional Experience should be conducted as per the Professional Experience Calendar unless approval has been granted by the Course Examiner.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them including discussion fora, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course and must satisfactorily complete the sector-based professional experience.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course

  2. IMPORTANT NOTE: Working with Children: State law in Queensland requires that all adults (including university students, pre-service educators, trainers, vocational teachers, industry educators) working with children under the age of 18, in the State of Queensland*, obtain approval before commencing such work. Many education courses include a practical component (professional experience, project work, research, assessment etc.) that may require engagement with children under the age of 18. It is your responsibility to ensure that you possess a current suitability card (Blue Card) before commencing any practical components of this course. DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN ANY PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN UNDER 18 UNLESS YOU POSSESS A CURRENT 'BLUE CARD'. For further information: http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/assessment/professional-experience/blue-card
    *If you are undertaking practical experience outside the State of Queensland, Australia you
    should check local requirements.

Staffing

Examiner: Rod Fogarty

Requisites

Pre-requisite: ECP4100 or EDE4103 or EDP4130 or EDS4401 and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BEDU

Rationale

Pre-service teachers must meet the Graduate Australian Professional Standards for Teachers prior to gaining registration. This requires them to demonstrate a readiness for the profession, based on evidence of practice. Pre-service teachers, as learners themselves, interact with their learners and school staff to develop professionally through and with others. They must also reflect deeply upon the personal strengths and challenges they will face as beginning teachers. This capstone course affords pre-service teachers the opportunity to autonomously connect to real-world teaching contexts and demonstrate their capabilities as graduate teachers. In the final year, 'Preparing for the Profession' transitions pre-service teachers to beginning teachers, as evidenced by their capabilities measured against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - Graduate Level.

Synopsis

This fourth-year second semester capstone course requires pre-service teachers to undertake a 20-days unsupervised professional placement. The unsupervised nature of this placement allows the pre-service teacher the opportunity to autonomously conduct the work of a teacher across the full gamut of Australian Professional Standards. It is also an opportunity to hone their skills and gain valuable feedback from their mentors and other education professionals to round out their other supervised professional experiences. Pre-service teachers are also expected to create an electronic portfolio which showcases examples of their practice, highlighting their competence against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: Graduate Level. By doing this they must also demonstrate how theory underpins and guides their actions in the classroom. Other sector-specific modules based on Career Readiness and Professional Engagement are situated within the course, requiring development of a strong understanding of key policy and practice within the Queensland education setting.

Objectives

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course in accordance with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership�s (AITSL) Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST). On successful completion of this course pre-service teachers should be able to:

  1. apply principles of reflection to identify and analyse examples of practice to create an electronic portfolio highlighting competence against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: Graduate Level, linking theory to practice and identifying opportunities for professional growth (APST 6.1)
  2. develop, in consultation with their supervising teacher, a plan of action to communicate effectively, sensitively and confidentially with parents/caregivers during their final unsupervised professional experience (APST 3.7, 7.3)
  3. engage with and understand the importance of, sector-specific professional teaching networks to broaden knowledge, improve practice and prepare for the profession (APST 6.4, 7.4)
  4. review and apply ethical and professional responsibilities, including legislative, administrative and organisational requirements (including APSTs) (APST 7.1, 7.2)

Topics

DescriptionWeighting(%)
1. The teacher I am5.00
2. Demonstrating readiness for the profession (identifying and analysing examples of practice)20.00
3. Applied reflective practice (implications for future professional growth)10.00
4. Effective engagement with parents and caregivers10.00
5. Career readiness - planning for a career in education (context specific)15.00
6. Professional engagement - professional conduct, ethical behaviour, legal and legislative requirements15.00
7. Becoming an autonomous practitioner25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

ActivityHours
Directed Study80.00
Independent Study85.00

Assessment details

DescriptionMarks out ofWtg (%)Due DateNotes
ASSIGNMENT 1444430 Apr 2018
ASSIGNMENT 2252514 May 2018
ASSIGNMENT 3303014 May 2018
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE1115 Jun 2018(see note 1)

NOTES
  1. Students must successfully complete the Professional Experience to be eligible for a passing grade for this course. A mark of one (1) indicates you have passed the Professional Experience component. A mark of zero (0) indicates you have not passed the Professional Experience component. Professional Experience should be conducted as per the Professional Experience Calendar unless approval has been granted by the Course Examiner.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them including discussion fora, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each item in addition to the successful completion of the Professional Experience component. Failure of the Professional Experience component will result in a Fail grade for this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must successfully complete the Professional Experience component and must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course. Failure of the Professional Experience component will result in a Fail grade for this course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments: Referencing in assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ library's referencing guide. This guide can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.

  2. Students are required to demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of academic language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation, and referencing in all assessment responses. Marks allocated to the aforementioned criteria will be specified in the criteria for assessment of all assessment items.

  3. Students are required to submit ALL assignments to evidence meeting or exceeding the mandatory requirements of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APSTs).

  4. Professional Experience is a compulsory component of this course and integral to completion of the assessment tasks. Dates for each Professional Experience course are selected to support students� capacity to apply the theory of the coursework in the Professional Experience placement. Students are advised not to select a course that includes Professional Experience in a semester where they are unable to meet the specified requirements of Professional Experience as outlined in the Professional Experience Booklet. Any application for a �change of dates� for Professional Experience placement must qualify for consideration under the conditions of the USQ Assessment Extension Policy. An unsupported application will delay program completion.

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University�s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement
2. forms part of the Bachelor of Education and is benchmarked against the:

  1. internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review
  2. Queensland College of Teachers
  3. Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

Other requirements

  1. Participation: Students can expect it will be necessary to participate in and contribute to a range of learning opportunities in this course including online study activities, lectures, tutorials, seminar presentations, group discussions and self-directed study activities in order to apply the coursework that will enable quality assessment tasks to be submitted as evidence of professional development.

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