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EDUF1018: Education, Teachers and Teaching

This unit of study is the first of five units that make up the program of Education Studies. This program is the core curriculum for students enrolled in initial teacher education courses. Units within this program are also of relevance to students enrolled in other courses. This first unit provides an introduction to key issues in education, including: the complexity of teachers' work, the contested nature of knowledge, and the multiple ways that formal learning functions in society. Equity and social justice are key themes that are examined by drawing upon concepts derived from the sociology of education, cultural studies, curriculum theory, and educational research. In the first four weeks, students participate in a peer-mentoring program conducted by senior students. At the conclusion of the unit students should have developed and demonstrated a critical understanding of education, teachers and teaching.

Code EDUF1018
Academic unit Education
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. describe the complexity of teachers' work in a knowledge-based society
  • LO2. Identify different ways of knowing and knowledge production associated with the intended and enacted curriculum, including Aboriginal ways of knowing and knowledge production
  • LO3. Trace historical and contemporary features of teaching as a profession in different contexts.
  • LO4. Engage in critical discussions about the changing nature of teachers' work as reflected in media, popular culture and interdisciplinary educational research.
  • LO5. describe different types of teachers' work, such as interpretative, pedagogical, discursive, relational and institutional work
  • LO6. Apply an understanding of different types of teachers' work to explaining variations in young people’s and communities’ experiences of education.
  • LO7. Disrupt deficit understandings of why young people and communities who experience racism, homophobia, and other forms of social exclusion do not achieve equitable outcomes from education.