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Subject details

  • Topics
    • The modern teaching landscape (political, cultural, social, historical)
    • What does an effective teacher 'do'? - Overview
    • What does an effective teacher 'do'? - Communication
    • What does an effective teacher 'do'? - Planning
    • What does an effective teacher 'do'? - Assessment
    • What does an effective teacher 'do'? - Relationships, social-emotional expectations and developing resilience
    • Understanding your responsibilities
    • Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
    • Equity and ethical issues in teaching
    • Legal issues in teaching
    • Teacher interview discussion
    • Developing your personal and professional learning plan
    • Reflection and review
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • E-Portfolios
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Resources and Links

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

  1. analyse, model and reflect on effective classroom communication strategies; establish a plan for professional learning for continual development of communication skills
  2. employ a range of frameworks to determine personal and professional learning needs to develop plans for professional growth
  3. distinguish key characteristics of effective teachers and explain their ethical, legislative, administrative and organisational responsibilities
  4. research and explain the current Secondary teaching context in relation to the cultural, political and social forces that shape education.
  • Assignment 1 - Investigation (60%)
  • Assignment 2 - Presentation (40%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

Teaching in the Secondary School is an introductory subject that explores fundamental aspects of what it means to be an effective classroom teacher in secondary schools. It covers aspects of professional responsibilities of teachers in regards to communication, teacher identity, professional growth and understanding of current and diverse teaching contexts.

Please Note: If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

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