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EDC1300 The Collaborative Educator

Semester 2, 2021 Online
Short Description: The Collaborative Educator
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 070199 - Teacher Education not elsewher
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 23 October 2021


Examiner: Rachel Leslie


Pre-requisite: ESP3100 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU or BSED

Other Requisites

Students enrolling in courses which do not follow the recommended enrolment pattern cannot be assured of a developmental learning experience or program completion within their preferred timeframe.


Educators regularly collaborate with colleagues, school community members and other professionals. This course develops pre-service teachers’ understanding of and ability to apply effective and ethical collaborative practices in a variety of scenarios. The Professional Standards for Teachers includes a focus on professional engagement and collaboration with parents, carers, external professionals and community representatives.


The aim of this course is to enable pre-service teachers to develop the set of skills needed for working collaboratively with a range of educational stakeholders in a variety of contexts. Pre-service teachers will be provided with opportunities to apply knowledge of effective and ethical collaborative decision-making processes and frameworks to hypothetical scenarios. The course will require pre-service teachers to explain and justify collaborative decisions by referring to relevant theories and frameworks. The course builds upon theoretical foundations of collaborative practice to develop pre-service teachers' knowledge and understanding as well as the ability to apply relevant skills associated with developing collaborative partnerships. Pre-service teachers will draw upon relevant literature and research, as well as relevant policies and procedures, to make decisions, then explain and justify their responses with reference to a range of specific scenarios.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course in accordance with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership's (AITSL) Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST). On successful completion of this course pre-service teachers should be able to:

  1. use terminology appropriately;
  2. identify policies, procedures and strategies to work affectively with stakeholders including parents/carers, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents/carers, community representatives and other professionals (APST 2.4, 3.7, 7.3, 7.4);
  3. utilise collaborative frameworks, policies, procedures, ethical and pedagogical considerations to analyse and respond to scenarios (APST 2.4, 3.7);
  4. identify and apply a broad range of strategies for working effectively, sensitively and confidentially with various stakeholders, including parents/carers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders to promote reconciliation and further understanding of histories, cultures and languages (APST 2.4, 3.7, 7.3, 7.4);
  5. draw on literature and evidence as well as feedback sought from other educators/community representatives to adjust and justify decisions and critically reflect on decision making processes, especially when working in collaboration with others (APST 6.3);
  6. utilise a range of strategies to evaluate your teaching program to incorporate feedback from collaboration in order to improve student learning (APST 3.6).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Policies and procedures 20.00
2. Collaborating with caregivers 20.00
3. Roles and relationships 20.00
4. Collegial collaboration 15.00
5. Non-traditional learning sites 5.00
6. Reflexive decision making 20.00

Text and Materials

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Friend, M., & Cook, L 2020, Interactions: Collaboration skills for school professionals, 9th edn, Pearson Education Limited, Hoboken.

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.
Whether you are on, or off campus, the USQ Library is an excellent source of information

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 85.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ESSAY 40 40 09 Aug 2021
RESPONSE TO SCENARIO 60 60 11 Oct 2021

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility 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.

    On-campus: 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:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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. Referencing in assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students 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. This guide can be found at

  2. Students are required to demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of academic language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation, and referencing in all assessment responses. Marks allocated to the aforementioned criteria will be specified in the criteria for assessment of all assessment items.

  3. Students are required to submit ALL assignments to evidence meeting or exceeding the mandatory requirements of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APSTs).

Evaluation and Benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement
2. forms part of the Bachelor of Education and is benchmarked against the:

  1. internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review
  2. Queensland College of Teachers
  3. Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

Other Requirements

  1. Participation: Students can expect it will be necessary to participate in and contribute to a range of learning opportunities in this course including online study activities, lectures, tutorials, seminar presentations, group discussions and self-directed study activities in order to apply the coursework that will enable quality assessment tasks to be submitted as evidence of professional development.

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

Date printed 23 October 2021