EDMT5676 is the first unit in the 'Study 1' suite of compulsory MTeach units (followed by EDMT5502, EDMT6500 and EDMT6012). Study 1 is the foundation of the MTeach, extending out to Curriculum study (Study 2) and Professional Experiences (Study 3). Study 1 is grounded in the recognition of teaching as problematic, that is, teaching is not a simple, routine task, rather an ongoing process of constant decision making, drawing upon multiple sources of information. Stemming from this is the understanding that teacher education must support pre-service teachers/school counsellors to think, seek and recognise information, interpret information and act on information. This information comes from students, schools, parents, policy, curriculum, research, theory, colleagues and the community. Study 1 also recognises relationships as being at the core of teaching - relationships between teaching and learning, students and teachers, schools and the community, and between theory, research and practice. These relationships will be explored throughout all of the Study 1 units, while each unit will take a particular emphasis on one relationship. EDMT56576 provides an introduction to these relationships with particular emphasis on the relationship between students and teachers (EDMT5502 will focus on the relationship between teaching and learning, EDMT6500 will focus on the relationship between schools and the community and EDMT6201 will focus on the relationship between research and practice). Through in-school observations pre-service teachers/school counsellors will gather a range of information to be analysed to support an understanding of schools, students and teachers. Central to the relationship between students and teachers is the support of students' social and learning behaviour. Maintaining the view of teaching as problematic, EDMT5676 recognises the complex relationships between students, teachers, pedagogy and student behaviour. Key thinking regarding student behaviour will be explored, along with school policies and how pedagogy may support and guide student behaviour. EDMT5676 also inducts pre-service teachers/school counsellors into the role of active learner, enabling them to directly experience the teaching and learning under exploration. As such, all pre-service teachers/school counsellors will be expected to commit to the learning opportunities to direct their development as a teacher.
1x1hr whole group meeting weeks 1-5, 8-9, 2x2-hr seminar/wk weeks 1, 2, 1x2hr seminar weeks 3-12, 3 full day school observation visits weeks 3, 4, 5 (Mondays)
Assignment 1500wd; School Visit Reflection 1250wd; 2 page Group Summary 500wd and Individual Critique 1000wd