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EDX4150 Transitions in Secondary Education

Semester 1, 2012 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Education
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Catherine Arden
Moderator: Trevor Black


Increasingly, there is an expectation that secondary schools will prepare students for the full range of post-school options. Schools are facing the difficult task of preparing diverse students for an increasingly pluralistic society in an uncertain world, in rapidly changing times. Schools are expected to prepare students for the future, whatever that future may be. To do so, they are expected to work with a variety of organisations,
including other educational institutions, community, industry, business and voluntary organisations.


In recent times both Federal and State Governments have identified the need to provide suitable pathways for students so they can transition effectively from the school setting to further study and training or into the workplace. This course will provide students with a framework for developing their knowledge and awareness of how the role of senior schooling is changing and also provide opportunities for students to reflect upon the changing role of the teacher in secondary schools. The course utilises a case study strategy to ensure the students meet and discuss contemporary issues related to pathways with experts in the school setting. With the emphasis upon supporting students as they choose the most appropriate pathways for their future, the students in this course will investigate processes currently in place related to career planning and education.


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 understanding of the impact of societal change on the purposes of
    education, the role of the educator and the role of the school (Assignment 1 and 2)
  2. demonstrate knowledge of contemporary education policy and initiatives and
    their impact on secondary schooling (Assignment 1 and 2)
  3. demonstrate understanding of issues relating to the transition of students from school to work and further education and training and the range of educational responses, strategies and initiatives designed to support successful transitions for all students including under-represented groups (Indigenous, ESL, non-metropolitan etc). (Assignment 1 and 2)
  4. demonstrate an understanding of career planning and career education and their significance in preparing students for their futures and analyse the impact of career planning and career education on the work of teachers 9 Assignments 1 and 2)
  5. conduct an in-depth analysis of a topic of interest related to transitions in secondary education and discuss implications for the changing role of schools, teachers, students and the nature of the curriculum (Assignment 1 and 2)
  6. demonstrate competence in written language and scholarly writing including correct spelling, grammar and bibliographic referencing (Assignment 1 and 2)


Description Weighting(%)
1. The changing world and schooling 15.00
2. Contemporary education policy and initiatives and their impact upon secondary schooling 15.00
3. Student pathways in the Senior phase 15.00
4. The importance of career guidance and education in schools 20.00
5. Vocational Education and Training 15.00
6. Educators as leaders in a changing world-implications for the beginning teacher 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 70.00
Independent Study 70.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 50 50 02 Apr 2012
ASSIGNMENT 2 50 50 11 Jun 2012

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.

  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.

  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.