Secondary Humanities and Social Sciences PCK 2 (9907.2)
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Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
In this unit students will engage in a placement for 20 days in a Secondary School/College (15 days for Graduate Entry Students) during which time they will demonstrate the ability to plan and teach for a sustained period of time and consolidate the teaching skills addressed within the academic component of this unit. Undergraduate students who have completed a 10 day placement attached to Unit 10425 are only required to complete a 15 day placement in this unit.
Evidence of passing both components of LANTITE must be provided before this unit can be passed.
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Critically understand the principles of unit planning, the content of current curriculum and the pedagogy of Humanities and Social Sciences;
2. Design and apply a variety of assessment strategies to evaluate diverse student learning and development in Humanities and Social Sciences;
3. Actively participate in professional conversations about issues pertinent to Humanities and Social Sciences education;
4. Develop an evolving philosophy for what Humanities and Social Sciences teaching means; and
5. Develop as professionals that are knowledgeable, skillful, flexible and compassionate in their practice and who are guided by a sense of social and ethical responsibility.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
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
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
AITSL and TQI Graduate Standards for Teachers
This unit is part of courses accredited by the ACT Teacher Quality Institute (TQI). On completion of this unit students will have satisfied the following Graduate Standards
1.3 Demonstrate knowledge of teaching strategies that are responsive to the learning strengths and needs of students from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.
1.4 Demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding of the impact of culture, cultural identity and linguistic background on the education of students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.
1.5 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of strategies for differentiating teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities.
2.1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area.
2.2 Organise content into an effective learning and teaching sequence.
2.3 Use curriculum, assessment and reporting knowledge to design learning sequences and lesson plans.
2.6 Implement teaching strategies for using ICT to expand curriculum learning opportunities for students.
3.1 Set learning goals that provide achievable challenges for students of varying abilities and characteristics.
3.2 Plan lesson sequences using knowledge of student learning, content and effective teaching strategies.
3.3 Include a range of teaching strategies.
3.4 Demonstrate knowledge of a range of resources, including ICT, that engage students in their learning.
3.5 Demonstrate a range of verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support student engagement.
3.6 Demonstrate broad knowledge of strategies that can be used to evaluate teaching programs to improve student learning.
4.1 Identify strategies to support inclusive student participation and engagement in classroom activities.
4.2 Demonstrate the capacity to organise classroom activities and provide clear directions.
4.3 Demonstrate knowledge of practical approaches to manage challenging behaviour.
4.4 Describe strategies that support students’ wellbeing and safety working within school and/or system, curriculum and legislative requirements.
4.5 Demonstrate an understanding of the relevant issues and the strategies available to support the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching.
5.1 Demonstrate understanding of assessment strategies, including informal and formal, diagnostic, formative and summative approaches to assess student learning.
5.2 Demonstrate an understanding of the purpose of providing timely and appropriate feedback to students about their learning.
5.4 Demonstrate the capacity to interpret student assessment data to evaluate student learning and modify teaching practice.
6.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers in identifying professional learning needs.
6.3 Seek and apply constructive feedback from supervisors and teachers to improve teaching practices.
6.4 Demonstrate an understanding of the rationale for continued professional learning and the implications for improved student learning.
7.1 Understand and apply the key principles described in codes of ethics and conduct for the teaching profession.
7.2 Understand the relevant legislative, administrative and organisational policies and processes required for teachers according to school stage.
7.3 Understand strategies for working effectively, sensitively and confidentially with parents/carers.
7.4 Understand the role of external professionals and community representatives in broadening teachers’ professional knowledge and practice.
PrerequisitesMust have passed 36 credit points including 9906 Secondary Humanities & Social Sciences PCK 1 AND 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 and resources will be provided for each workshop 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.
Late submission of assignments without an approved extension will result in a penalty of 5% reduced marks from the total available, per calendar day late. An assignment submitted over 7 days late will not be accepted. Approval of extenuating circumstances will be dependent upon the production of supporting documentation and at the discretion of the unit convener.
Special assessment requirements
You must achieve a total of 50% or greater for the assignments and the professional experience placement must be satisfactory to gain a pass in the unit.
Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) (Final Placement students only)
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.
1. Assessment structures 2. Provision of valid documentation
1. Assessment Structure A: for Students undertaking a beginning or intermediate placement for PCK 2
- Teaching Clinic Activities and Reflections (A1)
- Critical Reflections on becoming a HASS Teacher (A2)
- Professional Placement (A3)
Assessment Structure B: for Students undertaking a final placement for PCK 2
- Critical Reflections on Becoming and HASS Teacher (B1)
- Element 4 of TPA – (B2)
- Elements 1, 2 & 3 of TPA – Due 2 weeks after the scheduled end of professional placement (B3)
- Professional Experience Placement (B4)
2. 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.
Breakdown of workload for this unit
Workshop and online participation 50 hours
Reading and individual study 50 hours
Assessment tasks 50 hours
A professional placement of 15 days is also a requirement of this unit.
Pre-workshop activities will be posted online weekly so that time within workshops can be utilised collaboratively and effectively. Active engagement with and completion of relevant online activities before each workshop is required in order to maximise learning in 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).
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 clinics.
Successful completion of the professional experience placement is critical to success in the whole unit. Students must make themselves familiar with the processes and policies of professional experience.
Required IT skills
UC entry-level skills
Work placement, internships or practicums
This unit involves school-based clinics and 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. Client 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 for the successful completion of this unit (also see section 6c).
A successful professional placement is requisite for a Pass in 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. A hardcopy of the form will be distributed and collected by your tutor early in your first Placement unit.
Students are required to complete and submit a 'UC Student Placement/ Internship Agreement Form' before undertaking your first Professional Experience. A link to this form is available on your canvas site.
Please follow 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 Canvassite). 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
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).
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 (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 firstname.lastname@example.org if they have any issues accessing their university email account.
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.