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EDS2401 Junior Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy

Short Description: Jnr Secondary Crclm & Pedagogy
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 : 070105 - Teacher Education: Secondary
Grading basis : Graded

Requisites

Pre-requisite: ESP1200 or EDC1400 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU or BSED
Co-requisite: ESD1100

Other Requisites

It is highly recommended this course be undertaken after successfully completing four teaching area courses - two from each area.

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.

Before commencing this course students will be assumed to have read the full details of Professional Experience particulars and familiarised themselves with the requirements. Please see the Education Placement Professional Experience website https://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/assessment/professional-experience and the Professional Experience Book for full details.

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 must hold a valid blue card http://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/volunteers/doineedabluecard.html OR exemption card http://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/faqs/exemption-card-faqs.html.

If undertaking placement outside of Queensland you must ensure that all relevant checks are completed and evidence of this is provided to the Professional Experience office http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/assessment/professional-experience.

Students need to lodge their blue card application or renewal online . Students will need to register with blue card services and validate their identification online. If successful, the student will be provided an online account number to send to the Professional Experience Team to ensure there are no delays with their placement. Students will not be able to commence their placement without a current blue card. USQ recommends students lodge their renewal at least 28 days prior to the expiry of their current card. https://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/academic/education-placements/blue-cards

Where a student is denied approval for a blue card, enrolment in any initial teacher education program will be withdrawn (refer to https://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/disqualification.html).

If undertaking Professional Experience outside of Queensland, students are advised to check the Working with Children requirements of the state within which Professional Experience will be undertaken (refer to https://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/assessment/education-placements/working-with-children).

Synopsis

This course prepares pre-service teachers to design and construct developmentally responsive curriculum and pedagogy for junior secondary learners. In the process, it emphasises the need to be aware of key developmental touchstones and to meet the diverse needs of learners. The course caters for the range of maturational variation among young adolescences and recognises the implications of transition from primary to secondary schooling. The course explores why effective design of curriculum and pedagogy, including embedded ICTs, promotes effective schooling and how local education can be shaped to meet specific learning needs, including the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners.

A 15-day professional experience placement is attached to this course. For full details of the Professional Experience particulars, please refer to the Professional Experience website and the Professional Experience Book.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Springfield
Semester 1, 2021 External
Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 2, 2021 External
Date printed 7 December 2021