|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|
The Australian Curriculum requires F-6 students to engage in the subject of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) through inquiry pedagogy. In the Masters of Learning and Teaching program, pre-service teachers in this course are required to develop an understanding of the key ideas in relation to each sub-strand (History; Geography; Civics and Citizenship; and Economics and Business) by engaging in pedagogical strategies that articulate the interrelated strands (knowledge and understanding; inquiry and skills). This course builds on the foundation of previously studied courses in this program to develop informed, active citizens committed to shaping sustainable futures – a goal that is as relevant to future teachers as it is to school students. This will ensure that teachers have acquired the specialised knowledge and skills for research, an intellectual framework on which to develop their professional practice as educators, and for further learning (AQF 9). In addition, this course will provide a framework for teachers to inculcate in their students a strong sense of identity (EYLF 1), ensure that they are connected with and contribute to their world (EYLF 2), are confident and involved learners (EYLF 4), and that they are effective communicators (EYLF 5)
Investigating inquiry pedagogy, as the signature pedagogy associated with the Humanities and Social Sciences, is the focus of this course, both in theory and in practice. Preservice teachers in this course will develop an understanding of the sub-strands of Humanities and Social Sciences (History; Geography; Civics and Citizenship; and Economics and Business) that draw on students' growing experience of community and the wider world. Preservice teachers will also integrate the Australian curriculum Cross-Curriculum Priorities and General Capabilities in their planning and classroom delivery. In addition they will develop their knowledge and skill in the humanities consistent with the Australian curriculum and modern pedagogical approaches. To reflect on their teaching of the Humanities and Social Sciences, preservice teachers in this course will also identify and contribute to professional learning networks in order to improve practice.