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ED5875 - Foundations of Education

Credit points: 3
Year: 2015
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

This subject provides a general introduction to the historical and philosophical foundations of education. The subject introduces key theories, concepts and frameworks that inform curricula (ie what is taught) and pedagogy (ie how it is taught) for learners (ie who is taught). Specifically, these foundations of education will be explored in light of current sociocultural and psychological literature on learner diversity and development in the early, middle and secondary phases of schooling. The subject encourages pre-service teachers to develop their own teacher identity in relation to (1) global themes in education and (2) JCU's distinctive focus on literacy, numeracy, sustainability and Indigenous education. The subject is offered in block mode over a three-week period. Face-to-face commitment from 9am - 5pm is required for the first week of subject. Time is given for completion of the major assignment during the second week and a final examination is scheduled for the third week. Successful completion of the subject requires attendance at the earlier three-day induction program.

Learning Outcomes

  • analyse the development of language, literacy and numeracy;
  • identify the socially, culturally and historically constructed nature of knowledge, and recognise a range of discourses of education across national and international contexts;
  • anaylse the evolving role of the teacher in contemporary society;
  • analyse relations among discourses of education, socio-cultural contexts, systems of provision, policy and governance, curricular and pedagogical practices, social inclusivity and sustainability, and outcomes of schooling using different theoretical approaches;
  • understand how students learn and the implications for practice across various phases of learning, informed by links to theories of learning (eg cognitive, humanist, and behaviourist psychological theories).
Corequisites: ED5218
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
ED3490

Availabilities

Townsville, Limited, Study Period 1
Census Date 26-Mar-2015
Non-standard start/end 28-Jan-2015 to 19-Jun-2015
Face to face teaching 28-Jan-2015 to 06-Feb-2015 (Compulsory Program Induction: 28, 29, 30 January, 2015 (3 days); 2-6 February, 2015 (5 day intensive). Some prior and post-subject online activities and readings.)
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Workload expectations:
  • 32 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: group presentations (20%); critique (written) (30%); reflective essay (written) (50%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Satisfactory completion of professional attendance requirements.

Cairns, Limited, Study Period 1
Census Date 26-Mar-2015
Non-standard start/end 28-Jan-2015 to 18-Jun-2015
Face to face teaching 28-Jan-2015 to 06-Feb-2015 (Compulsory Program Induction: 28, 29, 30 January, 2015 (3 days); 2-6 February, 2015 (5 day intensive). Some prior and post-subject online activities and readings.)
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturer: Dr Philemon Chigeza.
Workload expectations:
  • 32 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 3 days fieldwork
Assessment: presentations (20%); critique (written) (30%); reflective essay (written) (50%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Satisfactory completion of professional attendance requirements.

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