Schooling and Australian Society
Explore the impact that social and economic forces have on Australian education. Ask how a diversity of cultural backgrounds in the classroom can support learning outcomes. Address the current Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
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- 02 Mar 2020
- 30 Nov 2020
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- interpret and describe current cultural and social patterns in Australia
- develop a critical perspective of difference and diversity and their significance to education
- evaluate strategies that foster respect and support inclusive student participation and learning for children from diverse social, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
- examine and explain current international and national education policy trends
- engage with education stakeholders, professional organizations and communities to formulate informed perspectives on current educational issues.
- Social and cultural patterns in Australia: the context
- Difference and diversity: challenging cultural stereotypes and how we think about difference and diversity
- Educational experiences (1): the persistence of class
- Educational experiences (2): gender and sexualities
- Educational experiences (3): cultural diversity and Indigenous learners
- Strategies for success: reforming schools
- Strategies for success: reforming pedagogies and teacher knowledge
- Schooling, policy and governance: why is this important?
- Neoliberalism in education: overview
- Neoliberalism in education: choice, marketisation, competition
- Being a teacher in neoliberal times: overview
- Being a teacher in neoliberal times: what's the purpose of schooling?
- Review and Reflection
- Audio/Video conferencing
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Embedded Multimedia
- Online assignment submission
- Podcasting/Lecture capture
- Standard Media
- Streaming Multimedia
- Web links
- Audio-Video streaming
- Online Assessment
- Resources and Links
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
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Access to Microsoft Office or a unit approved alternative, access to video creation and editing software.
This subject examines the social, political, cultural, linguistic and economic shape of Australian society and the impact of these forces on education policy, classroom practices and student learning. Students examine the characteristics of education systems and learning settings that promote inclusivity, celebrate diversity and reduce the effects of disadvantage and inequality. The subject emphasises the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers associated with student diversity, including consideration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in early childhood settings and primary school classrooms.
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- Report (35%)
- Investigation (45%)
- Test (20%)
Powers of Curriculum: Sociological Perspectives on Education
Gobby, B., and Walker, R.
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