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EDSE20017 Learning and Teaching in Junior Secondary
Learning and Teaching in Junior Secondary
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General Information


The focus of this unit is on preparing pre-service teachers to teach in junior secondary school contexts (Years 7 – 9). In this unit, emphasis is placed on helping you understand strategies and processes to ensure the bridge between primary and secondary school is safe, strong and consistent for all students. Teaching in junior secondary school contexts requires a particular pedagogical approach where learned information must be meaningful and links to the world beyond the classroom are made. You will engage with the six guiding principles of junior secondary school teaching, namely, distinct identity; quality teaching; student wellbeing; parent and community involvement; leadership; and, local decision-making. Within this context, the role secondary school teachers have in developing effective, useful and efficient strategies that can be used in any discipline area to increase student understanding and improve overall achievement and motivation will be explored. Additionally, teaching in junior secondary school contexts requires you to model and teach effective literacy and numeracy. As such, you will also develop effective skills in demonstrating personal literacy and numeracy competence.


Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
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 1 - 2022


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 Postgraduate 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. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 25%
3. Critical Review
Weighting: 25%

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 Student evaluation


Moodle layout is easy to access


Maintain current Moodle layout in tiles

Feedback from Student evaluation


Feedback for assessment needs to be more detailed and more constructive


Although feedback on assessment was modeled for markers, more specific instruction will be provided about required level of detail and amount.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Examine the complex nature of teaching in junior secondary school contexts through the analysis of issues facing students with respect to their social, emotional, physical and cognitive development
  2. Define, scrutinise and research the principles that underpin junior secondary school teaching
  3. Challenge contemporary thinking about teaching junior secondary students including issues associated with their bodies, health, physicality, personal development, creativity, expression, literacy and numeracy
  4. Evaluate the role secondary school teachers have in developing effective, useful and efficient strategies that can be used to increase student understanding and improve overall achievement and motivation
  5. Apply personal competence in literacy and numeracy to model effective reading, writing, spelling, oral language and numerate thinking for junior secondary students
  6. Engage in professional learning to improve personal practice and student learning.

Successful completion of this unit provides opportunities for students to demonstrate the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers focus areas of:

1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students

1.2 Understand how students learn

2.5 Literacy and numeracy strategies

4.1 Support student participation

6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice

6.4 Apply professional learning and improve student learning

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 6
1 - Written Assessment - 50%
2 - Online Quiz(zes) - 25%
3 - Critical Review - 25%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment - 50%
2 - Online Quiz(zes) - 25%
3 - Critical Review - 25%
Textbooks and Resources


There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
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