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EDS2401 Middle Phase Curriculum and Pedagogy

Semester 2, 2011 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Education

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Examiner: Petrea Redmond
Moderator: Stephen Smith


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in: GDTL or GDTO or have completed: EDC1400 or EDU1010

Other requisites

Students must have successfully completed the entire previous year's professional experience courses in order to enrol in this course. Students must be available for a prescribed period of time to undertake a placement in a school or other approved site as required in this course. State law in Queensland (Australia) requires that all adults working/undertaking professional experience/researching with children under the age of 18, in the state of Queensland are required to possess a current suitability card (Blue Card). (See "Other Requirements" for further information.) Also see: //


Currently there is a range of responses by educational communities to deal with issues identified for students in the pre-teen and adolescent years. Many of these students feel alienated and have become disengaged from formal education. Often students moving from primary to secondary school have a far from seamless transition. Exploration of curriculum frameworks and the design and delivery of curriculum for the middle years is essential to ensure these students are given opportunities to gain the attributes of lifelong learning.


This course will provide participants the opportunity to explore a range of issues for students in the middle years of schooling. Emerging professionals should have increased awareness of the different responses educational facilities have made to these issues. In particular, this course will focus on the curriculum design and delivery in the middle schooling cohort of students. This course aims to give educators increased understanding of issues for middle schooling, strategies for teaching in this area, a broadened perspective of education and to improve cross-sectoral communication. Emerging professionals will develop and design authentic learning experiences for students in the middle years. Students undertaking this course are required to successfully complete a 15 day professional experience placement in an approved educational setting. NOTE: Minimum enrolment numbers apply to this offering. Should enrolments not reach the minimum number required for on-campus study, students may be transferred to the WEB offering and advised of this change before semester commences.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of contemporary issues in middle schooling and their implications for teaching and learning in the middle years of schooling (assignment 1)
  2. explore and utilize a range of a curriculum document. (Assignment 2, 3, professional experience)
  3. investigate, develop and/or customise teaching and learning strategies, traditional and ICT resources and assessment (Assignment 2, 3, professional experience)
  4. plan, implement and review learning experiences that incorporate a variety of teaching, and behaviour management strategies (Professional experience)
  5. plan to engage students in learning activities that involve higher-order thinking skills, creativity, risk taking and problem solving (Assignment 2, 3, professional experience)
  6. demonstrate the ability to collaborate professionally online. (all)
  7. demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of appropriate communication skills including literacy, presentation and accurate referencing protocols (All assessment items).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Issues for students in the middle years and factors impacting on middle years teaching and learning 30.00
2. Secondary school curriculum documents 20.00
3. Introduction to planning, teaching and reflection 40.00
4. Professional Experience 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Ellis, D 2005, Parvana's journey, Groundwood Books, Toronto.
    (This novel is for students whose major teaching area is LOTE or PE.)
  • Gilmore, R 2005, A group of one, Fitzhenry and Whiteside, Markham, ON.
    (This novel is for students whose major teaching area is SOSE or The Arts.)
  • Hadden, M 2002, The curious incident of the dog in the night-time, Doubleday, Toronto, Canada.
    (This novel is for students whose major teaching area is Maths, Science or Special Needs.)
  • Kellough, R 2007, A resource guide for teaching K-12, 6th edn, Pearson/Merrill, Upper Saddle River, NJ.
  • McCaffrey, K 2006, Destroying avalon, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, Freemantle, WA.
    (This novel is for students whose major teaching area is English, Technology or Computing.)
  • Students are required to purchase one of the following novels. Novel selection is based on their major teaching area. Any edition of the novel is acceptable.
  • Students will be required to access appropriate curriculum documents which can be purchased or downloaded from: Order forms are available from:

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Australian Curriculum Studies Association and National Schools Network (Australia) 1998, Integrated curriculum classroom materials for the middle years, Australian Curriculum Studies Association, Canberra.
  • Beamon, G.W 2001, Teaching with adolescent learning in mind, Skylight Professional Development, Illinois.
  • Eggen, PD & Kauchak, DP 2006, Strategies and models for teachers: teaching content and thinking skills, 5th edn, Allyn & Bacon, Boston.
  • Frangeheim, E 2006, Reflections on classroom thinking strategies, 7th edn, ITC PublicationsRodin Educational Consulting, Australia.
  • Knipe, S 2007, Middle years schooling: reframing adolescence, Pearson, Frenchs Forest, N.S.W.
  • Pendegast, D & Bahr, N (eds) 2005, Teaching middle years, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW.
  • Whether you are on, or off campus, the USQ Library is an excellent source of information // The gateway to education resources is here ... //

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 70.00
Independent Study 70.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives assessed Graduate skill Level assessed Notes
ASSIGNMENT 2 40 40 18 Jul 2011 2,3,5,6,8 U1,U4,U5,U6 2 (see note 1)
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 1 1 18 Jul 2011 2,3,4,5,8 U8 2 (see note 2)
ASSIGNMENT 1 20 19 12 Aug 2011 1,8 U2,U3,U4,U6 2,2,2,2
ASSIGNMENT 3 40 40 14 Oct 2011 2,3,5,8 U8 2,2,2,2

  1. Ongoing assessment, regular online participation required.
  2. A mark of one (1) indicates you have passed the Professional Experience component. A mark of zero (0) indicates you have not passed the Professional Experience component. Professional Placement should be conducted as per the Professional Experience Calendar unless approval has been granted by the Course Examiner.

Graduate qualities and skills

Elements of the following USQ Graduate Skills are associated with the sucessful completion of this course.
Ethical research and enquiry (U1)Intermediate (Level 2)
Problem solving (U2)Intermediate (Level 2)
Academic, professional and digital literacy (U3)Intermediate (Level 2)
Written and oral communication (U4)Intermediate (Level 2)
Interpersonal skills (U5)Intermediate (Level 2)
Teamwork (U6)Intermediate (Level 2)
Management, planning and organisational skills (U8)Intermediate (Level 2)

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. This course contains a discussion forum where students' participation is formally assessed and successful participation in that discussion group is required to complete the requirements to be awarded a passing grade in the course.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course and must satisfactorily complete the sector-based professional experience and the combined academic component/s.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. //

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.

  2. IMPORTANT NOTE: Working with Children: State law in Queensland requires that all adults (including university students, pre-service educators, trainers, vocational teachers, industry educators) working with children under the age of 18, in the State of Queensland*, obtain approval before commencing such work. Many education courses include a practical component (professional experience, project work, research, assessment etc.) that may require engagement with children under the age of 18. It is your responsibility to ensure that you possess a current suitability card (Blue Card) before commencing any practical components of this course. DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN ANY PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN UNDER 18 UNLESS YOU POSSESS A CURRENT 'BLUE CARD'. For further information: //
    • If you are undertaking practical experience outside the State of Queensland, Australia you should check local requirements.