Professional Learning and Development in Education - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 4
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay (40%) , Exercises (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit emphasises teaching as a profession which requires continuous improvement in personal teaching practice and school-based programs. Ongoing critical analysis contributes to the identification of areas in need of improvement and an attitude of continuous improvement motivates teachers to access all available mechanisms of professional learning and development. Professional codes of ethics and conduct for teachers and legislative, administrative and organisational policies and procedure relevant for primary schools are examined and analysed.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of strategies that can be used to evaluate teaching programs to improve student learning
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the need for, value of and sources of professional learning in relation to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
  3. synthesise the principles of ethical teacher conduct
  4. evaluate the legislation, administrative and organisational policies and processes required for teachers according to school level knowledge and practice.
  • Essay (40%)
  • Exercises (20%)
  • Report (40%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • EDP417 — Teacher as Researcher

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Additional materials — Essential textbook. An eBook has been developed for this unit, published by Pearson Custom Books (ISBN: 9781488614590). The access code for the eText can be purchased at the following link:

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Overview: Developing Professional Learning Environments/Teacher Professional Development
2Introduction to Action Learning and Research
3Writing the literature Review: Accessing the Appropriate Data-Bases
4Action Research Methods: Data Collection Part 1
5Action Research Methods: Data Collection Part 2
6Ethics in Education
7Data Analysis: Action Learning for Professional Development
8Professionalism in Teaching
9Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
10Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: Action Challenges

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Print based materials

  • Book of Readings

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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