Secondary Humanities and Social Sciences PCK 1 (9906.2)
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This unit is the first of two units dealing with Secondary Humanities and Social Sciences PCK which include a professional experience placement. In this unit students will engage in a placement for 15 days in a Secondary School (10 days for Graduate Entry Students) providing the opportunity for pre-service teachers to demonstrate the ability to plan and teach for a sustained period of time consolidating their teaching skills.
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Understand of key theoretical and pedagogical perspectives in the teaching of Humanities and Social Sciences from Years 7-12;
2. Plan and design Humanities and Social Sciences lessons and units of work that may be suitable for the diverse social and cultural backgrounds and experiences of students;
3. Demonstrate a familiarity with various Humanities and Social Sciences curriculum documents and support materials from the ACT and NSW in relation to syllabus/frameworks/lesson design/monitoring of learning outcomes;
4. Understand and demonstrate skills in developing student literacy and numeracy through Humanities and Social Sciences; and
5. Use and creatively integrate information and communication technologies (ICTs) to enhance student engagement and conceptual understanding of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
PrerequisitesMust have passed 36 credit points including 9919 The Educational Workplace AND 10425 Curriculum - Planning, Assessing & Reporting.
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ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies Curriculum Frameworks http://www.bsss.act.edu.au
Churchill, R., Ferguson, P., Godinho, S., Johnson, N. Keddie, A., Letts, W., Mackay, J., McGill, M., Moss, J., Nagel, M., Nicholson, P. & Vick, M. (2013). Teaching: making a difference (2nd ed.). Milton, QLD: John Wiley & Sons Australia.
Gilbert, R, Tudball, L, Brett, P (2019). Teaching Humanities and Social Sciences, 7th edition. Cengage, Australia
Hattie, J. & Yates, G. (2014). Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn. Oxon New York, NY Routledge
Killen, R. (2013) Effective Teaching Strategies from Research and Practice (6th Ed.). South Melbourne, Vic. : Cengage Learning Australia
Marsh, C., Clarke, M, Pittaway, S (2014). Marsh's Becoming a teacher (6th ed.) Pearson Australia
Marsh, C, Hart, C (2011) Teaching the Social Sciences and Humanities in an Australian Curriculum (6th ed.) Pearson Australia
New South Wales Department of Education. (2006). Quality teaching in NSW public schools: assessment practice guide. Sydney, Australia: NSW Department of Education.
New South Wales Department of Education. (2003). Quality teaching in NSW public schools: discussion paper. Sydney, Australia: NSW Department of Education.
Tomlinson, C. (2005). The differentiated classroom: responding to the needs of all learners. Virginia, USA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Tomlinson, C. & McTighe, J. (2006). Integrating differentiated instruction and understanding by design: connecting contents and kids. Alexandria, USA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Wiggins, G. P. & McTighe, J. (2011) The Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High-Quality Units. Alexandria, Va. : ASCD
Additional readings may be provided for workshops and can be found on the unit Canvas site
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Approval of extenuating circumstances will be dependent upon the production of supporting documentation and at the discretion of the unit convener.
All assessment items required to be submitted online must be submitted via the appropriate Canvas drop box. It is the student's responsibility to upload the correct and corresponding draft or assessment item to the right submission section. Assignments must be submitted in a format accessible to the assessor(s), as stated on the relevant canvas site. If the unit convener and/or tutor are unable to access a submission, a standard late penalty of 5% of the total marks possible for the task may be applied per day until the assignment is made accessible.All assessment items required to be submitted online must be submitted via the appropriate Canvas drop box.
It is the student's responsibility to upload the correct and corresponding draft or assessment item to the right submission section.
Assignments must be submitted in a format accessible to the assessor(s), as stated on the relevant canvas site. If the unit convener and/or tutor are unable to access a submission, a standard late penalty of 5% of the total marks possible for the task may be applied per day until the assignment is made accessible.
Special assessment requirements
Normally an aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the unit.
Professional Experience report : In order to pass this unit, students must provide evidence of passing Professional Experience.
Students undertaking their Final placement in this unit are required to complete the TPA.
Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA)
All preservice teachers are required to pass all four elements of the AfGT to demonstrate that the Australian Professional Standards for Graduate Teachers are met. Meeting the Graduate Teacher Standards enables the preservice teacher to graduate from the respective accredited programs of learning. The preservice teacher cannot graduate unless they have satisfactorily completed the AfGT and all other course assessment tasks.
It may be necessary for academics to make ‘on balance' judgements about whether each Element has been passed – that is, judgements about whether the preservice teacher has achieved below, at or above the Standard. To make on-balance judgements, assessors draw on assessment data to make defensible judgements about the preservice teacher's learning (Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority, 2019; Australian Curriculum Assessment & Reporting Authority, 2019; AITSL, 2017).
If, on balance, preservice teachers do not meet the Graduate Standard for any or all Elements of the TPA, following moderation, they will be given one chance to resubmit requested elements to demonstrate their achievement of the Standards required. After this, if the Graduate Standards have not been satisfactorily met on balance, preservice teachers will receive a ‘fail' grade for the TPA and be referred to the Program Director and/or the ADE for guidance as to next steps.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Provision of valid documentation
Please note that the University takes student conduct very seriously. All documentation provided to University staff must be valid and the provision of fraudulent documentation carries with it potentially serious consequences, including suspension and/or exclusion from the University. Note that all allegations of student misconduct will be referred to the Associate Dean for Education (ADE) as a prescribed authority for investigation.
All students are expected to attend all workshops for this unit to gain the most from the clinics.
As this is a 3 credit-point unit, 150 hours of student engagement is expected.
Campus workshop and in-school clinics (7 x 3 hours) = 21 hours
Reading, workshop preparation and assessment work = 129 hours
A professional placement of 15 days is also a requirement of this unit.
Attendance at all scheduled sessions in this unit is compulsory and absences could result in a fail. All absences need to be supported by appropriate documentation (e.g. medical certificate). Missed sessions will need to be made up.
Successful engagement with all learning activities in this accredited Initial Teacher Education course is necessary to demonstrate that you have met the Graduate career stage of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (AITSL, 2011).
Participation in ‘school based' tutorial classes is a compulsory condition of this unit, and attendance will be recorded. You must participate in 100% of the ‘school based' tutorial classes to pass this unit. In the event that you cannot attend your assigned session due to illness or extreme circumstances, you must provide appropriate documentation to the Unit Convener as soon as possible. In the case of sessions missed due to illness or extreme circumstances, both the academic content and the professional experience component are required to be made up. More than two documented absences may lead to failure of the unit due to non-completion.
Note: This unit commences with week 1 on campus (see timetable for rooms) and weeks 2 to 7 will be school-based.
Successful completion of the professional experience component is critical to success in the whole unit. Refer to assessment (5a) on the Canvas site for further details. Students must make themselves familiar with the processes and policies of professional experience.
Required IT skills
Work placement, internships or practicums
This unit involves a professional practicum and therefore, additional student responsibilities are required in addition to those described in section 6. Work-place learning requires strict adherence to professional practice principles and ethics. School & student confidentiality must always be maintained, including for assessment items such as reports or essays. The professional nature of this unit also requires 100% participation at all learning activities (lectures, practicals etc if scheduled – see section 3) for the successful completion of this unit (also see section 6c). If attendance requirements cannot be satisfied (e.g. timetable clash), it is recommended that you contact the Academic Programs Team to discuss re-scheduling this unit.
You are required to have a current Working with Vulnerable People card in order to participate in this unit. Note that the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act only applies to the ACT. For students undertaking placements in other states or territories, it may be that an alternate Police Check or a Working with Children Check is required. Please refer to the professional experience section on the All Teacher Education Students (ATES) site for full information on the Professional Experience requirements.
Students who are in placement units or in school based units are also required to complete an Acceptable use of ICT resources form in order to access ICT resources in their placement school.
Students are required to complete and submit a 'UC Student Placement/ Internship Agreement Form' before commencing Professional Experience. A link to this form is available on your canvas site.
Please complete the following instructions to ensure your unit convenor remains informed of your progress in your negotiated placement.
- Fill in the professional experience placement planner in collaboration with your school mentor. (This can be found on the ATES site). Indicate on the planner when your interim and final reports will be completed.
- Upload your planner, as a draft, to this unit site using the dropbox
- If your proposed schedule for the completion of your interim and final reports changes, please upload a new planner with the new dates
Provision of information to the group
Notifications through the Canvas Announcements Forum or the Canvas Discussion Forums are deemed to be made to the whole class. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they check for announcements on the Unit's Canvas website (Canvas forum messages are also emailed to student email addresses only). Students should ensure they check their student email regularly. The Canvas discussion forums will be checked by staff regularly.
Use of student email account
The University Email policy states that "students wishing to contact the University via email regarding administrative or academic matters need to send the email from the University account for identity verification purposes". Therefore all unit enquiries should be emailed using a student university email account. Students should contact email@example.com if they have any issues accessing their university email account.
In all cases of absence, sickness or personal problems it is the student's responsibility to ensure that the unit Convener is informed. The minimum participation requirement must be met in order to pass the unit (regardless of supporting documentation).
Research Led Education
This unit involves research-led education and/or work-integrated learning. There are active researchers delivering this unit who are able to engage students in deep and active learning and transmit to students their passion for the research they are carrying out.