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EDED11454 Education as a Profession
Education as a Profession
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General Information

Overview

Education as a Profession examines the history and philosophy underpinning educational theory as a basis for understanding the role of education in contemporary society. Students investigate the impact of social, cultural and economic change on the professionalism of educators and concepts of quality and effective practice in educational settings to understand the role of “teacher as learner”. They critically reflect on the contextual factors that influence what it means to be an educator in 21st century society and use Professional Standards and Codes of Ethics and/or Conduct relevant to the work of educators to develop an understanding of the relationship between social justice, ethical practice and professional identity. Students evaluate ways in which their own beliefs about teaching and learning affect professional practice and use ethical and professional standards to explain the rationale for ongoing professional learning and the implications for improved student learning. Students develop an understanding of the purpose of e-portfolios for documenting evidence of professional learning and create a personal response to key ideas about the purpose of contemporary education in the form of a digital artefact which is used to start the reflection process of maintaining and adding to the e-portfolio over the course of the course.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 3 - 2019

Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 50%
2. Portfolio
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Unit Evaluation and informal student comments.

Feedback

Unit delivery

Recommendation

Maintain an interactive element to all classes, including online sessions.

Feedback from Unit Evaluation.

Feedback

Unit content

Recommendation

Ensure staff emphasise relevance of unit content and assignment requirements.

Feedback from Unit evaluation and comments from new staff members.

Feedback

Moodle site navigation

Recommendation

Retain structure of Moodle site.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Identify social, cultural and economic changes that impact on the purposes and outcomes of education in 21st century Australian society
  2. Reflect on self as learner and discuss the relevance of personal and professional lifelong learning for educational professionals
  3. Reflect on the impact of personal perspectives of race, class, gender and identity formation on the professional role of educators
  4. Evaluate contemporary perspectives on social justice and their relationship to Professional Standards and Codes of Ethics and Conduct for professional educators
  5. Assess ways in which knowledge of educational contexts such as socioeconomic background, culture, identity and gender shape the decision-making of educators.

Successful completion of this unit provides opportunities for students to engage with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage) focus areas of:

1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students

1.3 Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds

4.4 Maintain student safety

6.1 Identify and plan professional learning needs

6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice

6.4 Apply professional learning and improve student learning

7.1 Meet professional ethics and responsibilities

7.2 Comply with legislative, administrative and organisational requirements

In addition, competency elements from the Diploma of Children's Services (Early Childhood Education and Care) are taught and assessed in this unit.

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment - 50%
2 - Portfolio - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 50%
2 - Portfolio - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Teaching: Making a difference 4th (2019)

Authors: Churchill, Godinho, Johnson, Keddie, Letts, Lowe, Mackay, McGill, Moss, Nagel, Shaw & Rogers
Wiley
Milton Milton , Qld , Australia
ISBN: 9780730363453
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

This textbook is the set text for several of your first-year units. 

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 6th Edition (APA 6th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Susan McKee Unit Coordinator
s.mckee@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 11 Nov 2019

Module/Topic

Conceptions of teachers and teaching

Chapter

Corrigan, 2016

Groundswater-Smith et al., 2011, pp. 3-12

Marsh, 2010, pp. 5-6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 18 Nov 2019

Module/Topic

Personal and professional identity

Chapter

Churchill et al., 2019, Chapter 1 and pp. 69-73; 503-517

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 25 Nov 2019

Module/Topic

Diversity in the educational context

Chapter

Churchill et al., 2019, pp. 149-157

McKay, 2016

Snowman et al., 2009, pp.142-152; 158-159

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 02 Dec 2019

Module/Topic

Discourses of schooling

Chapter

Churchill et al., 2019, pp. 55-68; 571-577

Hayes, 2017

Hinz, 2018

Rules for teachers-1915 document

Hawkes, 2012

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 09 Dec 2019

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 16 Dec 2019

Module/Topic

Education and social change

Chapter

Churchill et al., 2015, pp. 40-52

Frost, 2008 (teachers as champions of innovation)

Skillbeck & Connell, 2004, p. 9 & pp. 16-19

Mission Australia, 2018

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 6 Begin Date: 23 Dec 2019

Module/Topic

Schools and educational equity

Chapter

Melbourne Declaration

Churchill et al., 2019, pp. 158-186; 581-604

Marsh, 2010, pp. 26-34

Churchill et al., 2019, pp. 275-285

Events and Submissions/Topic

Reflective Autobiography Due: Week 6 Tuesday (24 Dec 2019) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 06 Jan 2020

Module/Topic

Teaching as professional work

Chapter

Churchill et al., 2019, pp. 545-554

Winch et al., 2015

Support documents – the Charter and Framework

Shulman, 1998

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 13 Jan 2020

Module/Topic

Teachers as learners

Chapter

Mohamed, Valcke & De Wever, 2017

Ewing, Lowrie and Higgs, 2010, pp. 31-40

Darling-Hammond, 2017

Churchill et al., 2019, 571-577

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 20 Jan 2020

Module/Topic

Professional Standards for Teachers

Chapter

Marsh, 2010, Chapter 21

Churchill et al., 2019, pp. 554-557

Australian Professional Standards, 2017

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 27 Jan 2020

Module/Topic

Codes of Ethics and Conduct for the teaching profession

Chapter

Forster, 2012

Code of Ethics from your State Authority

Code of Conduct from your State Authority

Early Childhood Australia, n.d.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 03 Feb 2020

Module/Topic

Ethical and legal issues that affect the work of teachers

Chapter

Churchill et al., 2019, pp. 563-571

Professional boundaries: A guide for Queensland teachers, 2017

Lawstuff website, n.d.


Events and Submissions/Topic

UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child, 1989

Week 12 Begin Date: 10 Feb 2020

Module/Topic

Assignment workshop

Chapter

No new readings this week.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 17 Feb 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Multimodal response Due: Exam Week Friday (21 Feb 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Reflective Autobiography

Task Description

In 2000 words, elaborate on your developing views of teaching in the following way:

a) summarise selected experiences from your schooling and for each one indicate how your experiences have shaped your beliefs about teaching and learning;

b) select an image or symbol that depicts your metaphor of a professional educator. Use the metaphor to explain the complex role of educators in 21st century Australian society. Any image or symbol can be used except book/movie/television characters;

c) identify recent social, cultural and economic changes that have impacted Australia’s educational and care contexts. Analyse, with examples, how knowledge of these changes shapes the decision-making of educators; and

d) list several specific professional learning goals for yourself that show how you intend to respond to the identified social, cultural and economic changes. Give reasons for each goal.

It is expected that you will embed references from the weekly readings found on the moodle site into your discussion. First person (e.g. “I remember”, “my teachers”, etc) is appropriate for this assignment. If possible, upload the metaphor image as an appendix.

Please note: The word count is considered from the first word of the introduction to the last word of the conclusion. It excludes the cover page, abstract, contents page, reference page and appendices. It includes in-text references and direct quotations.


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Tuesday (24 Dec 2019) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Monday (13 Jan 2020)


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria

Ability to select and analyse personal experiences that underpin the formation of beliefs about teaching and learning.

Demonstration of the complex role of contemporary educators through the chosen metaphor.

Articulation of social, cultural and economic influences on the decision-making of educators in the 21st century.

Selection of appropriate professional learning goals for contemporary educational contexts.

Demonstration of professional levels of personal literacy.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Identify social, cultural and economic changes that impact on the purposes and outcomes of education in 21st century Australian society
  • Reflect on self as learner and discuss the relevance of personal and professional lifelong learning for educational professionals
  • Reflect on the impact of personal perspectives of race, class, gender and identity formation on the professional role of educators
  • Assess ways in which knowledge of educational contexts such as socioeconomic background, culture, identity and gender shape the decision-making of educators.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Portfolio

Assessment Title
Multimodal response

Task Description

Respond to the question: What does it mean to be a professional educator in the 21st century? You are required to use a multimodal approach that combines images or symbols with words.


Part A: You will create an original representation of the relationship between the goals of the Melbourne Declaration and the principles that guide the work and decision-making of educators as found in documents studied this term.

Key ideas from documents such as the AITSL Professional Standards, plus the Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct for teachers published by your State Authorities must be incorporated.

You are encouraged to be creative, for example, a diagram, mind map, an original cartoon strip, or any combination of images and words.


Part B: An essay (1500 words) that:

(a) describes the impact of social, economic and cultural change on the purpose and outcomes of education in 21st century Australian society;

(b) explains the way in which educators' work is affected by issues of social justice, diversity and equity, and ethical decision-making; and,

(c) evaluates how Professional Standards and Codes of Ethics and Conduct guide the complex work of educators in contemporary educational settings, and contribute to ongoing professional learning that improves outcomes for all learners.

References from this unit’s textbook and weekly readings to support your argument are expected. Any relevant images or symbols you used in Part A that may help convey your ideas can be mentioned in the essay.

Please note: The word count is considered from the first word of the introduction to the last word of the conclusion. It excludes the cover page, abstract, contents page, reference page and appendices. It
includes in-text references and direct quotations.


Assessment Due Date

Exam Week Friday (21 Feb 2020) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (21 Feb 2020)

Will be returned to students 2 weeks after the assignment is due.


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria

Original multimodal representation of expectations and professional obligations of educators in the 21st century.

Knowledge and understanding of the range of factors influencing the current purpose and outcomes of education.

Explanation of the impact of social justice, diversity and equity, and ethical decision-making on educators’ practice.

Evaluation of the role of professional standards and codes of ethics and conducts in guiding educators’ practice and their ongoing professional learning.

Application of academic conventions and personal literacy competence.


Referencing Style

Submission

No submission method provided.


Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Identify social, cultural and economic changes that impact on the purposes and outcomes of education in 21st century Australian society
  • Reflect on the impact of personal perspectives of race, class, gender and identity formation on the professional role of educators
  • Evaluate contemporary perspectives on social justice and their relationship to Professional Standards and Codes of Ethics and Conduct for professional educators
  • Assess ways in which knowledge of educational contexts such as socioeconomic background, culture, identity and gender shape the decision-making of educators.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

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A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

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