Pastoral Care and the School
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- 20 Feb 2023
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At the completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Reflect critically on the historical, philosophical and scriptural contexts of pastoral care within educating for the whole child.
2. Review and evaluate the educational and psychological approaches to student social and emotional learning and well-being as part of a school’s pastoral care program.
3. Review and evaluate the application of a positive development approach to pastoral care issues.
4. Reflect critically and apply research findings to an issue experienced in current professional practice as schools carry out the pastoral care of students and teachers.
- Understanding pastoral care from a scriptural and Christian bases; discipline and behaviour modification procedures in the classroom as reviewed through a pastoral care lens; distinctive characteristics of pastoral care in a Catholic school.
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
No additional requirements
Pastoral Care in the School deals with the concept of pastoral care within the context of the school situation. The course explores the development of understandings and definitions of pastoral care from its scriptural and Christian bases to its role within schools today. Pastoral care has the individual as its focus, permeates all aspects of the curriculum, and is exercised mutually by all members of the school community. Pastoral care emphasises and promotes respect for the rights of every person. The ramifications of the moral duty of care and how care is demonstrated to students is also an important part of this Course. The course reviews forms of discipline and behaviour modification procedures in the classroom and in the school community. The psychological bases and sociological contexts of pastoral care policies and practices are studied. Special attention is paid to the distinctive characteristics of pastoral care in Catholic schools. The course provides case study opportunities for students to investigate.
Essay (40%); Reflection (60%)
- Essay response to set question (2000-2500 words) (40%)
- Reflection (2500 words) Write a critical reflection paper on the importance of a program to address the topic as part of a ‘whole of school’ pastoral care curriculum. (60%)
Current study term: 19 Feb 23 to 18 Jun 23
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