|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Education|
|Student contribution band :||Band 1|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||24 May 2022|
Educators need to recognise the distinct needs of adolescent learners in the junior secondary years to strengthen participation, engagement and attainment. Educational communities respond to issues relevant to adolescent learners in different ways. It is essential for preservice teachers to explore a range of issues related to adolescent learners; unpack their specialist curricula; and explore pedagogies underpinning the teaching of students in these years. These concepts will be built on in future courses.
This course introduces preservice teachers to curriculum and pedagogy for junior secondary learners. Preservice teachers will explore a range of issues and approaches relevant to adolescents in Years 7-10. This course focuses on curriculum design and delivery in the junior high school years. Preservice teachers will be introduced to relevant concepts, a range of learning contexts, and pedagogies tailored for the junior high school years in order to plan for and implement effective teaching and learning as stipulated in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Preservice teachers are asked to demonstrate an understanding of current curriculum content in their discipline area, policy in the junior phase and the implications for teaching practice. Preservice teachers learn to set learning goals, plan sequenced learning experiences and units, including selection of appropriate resources, and application of effective teaching strategies in their chosen disciplines.