|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 :||18 May 2022|
For most students, the senior phase of compulsory schooling occurs during late adolescence (15-19 years of age). It is an exciting and sometimes turbulent phase of life; a time to make the transition to adulthood and from school to work or further study. For most it is a time when career decisions are made. Educators have a critical role in preparing and supporting learners in this phase. They need an understanding of national and global trends, of the forces that shape society and the ever changing world of work and post compulsory education, and of the factors that, in combination, impact on career decision-making. Focus must be given to preparing secondary educators so that they can better understand, prepare and support learners as they transition from school to a range of post schooling options.
This course requires preservice teachers to develop an advanced understanding of a range of processes, pedagogies and practices designed to enhance positive outcomes for students in the senior phase of learning and the transition from school to a range of post-school options. Prospective Secondary preservice teachers will develop specialised skills and knowledge in a range of relevant areas including: the distinct needs of learners, Vocational Education and Training, career education and development; national policies and strategies for working with industry and employers; curriculum initiatives; and frameworks relevant to the senior phase of learning. Preservice teachers are to engage critically with relevant specialised literature and theory and demonstrate the capacity to analyse, synthesise and evaluate a range of initiatives and options which cater for the full range of students, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds.