EDUC5411 Enhancing Teaching through Understanding Contemporary Education

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit focuses on the aims, curriculum, teaching, management and teacher preparation aspects of education in contemporary society. It details how these aspects in any society, including Australian society, can be described, analysed and critiqued using selected philosophical, sociological and historical frameworks. It also addresses the following National Professional Standards: 3.3, 3.6, 6.4, and has information and communication technology (ICT) embedded for students' independent study.
Students are able to understand how contemporary education, including education in Australia, can be described, analysed and critiqued from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) presentation and (2) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the presentation and essay components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Tom O'Donoghue and Angela Evangelinou-Yiannakis
Contact hours
lectures: 2.5 hours per week (for 10 weeks)
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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