Details for Foundations in Christian Teaching and Learning
- Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
- Course code: EDU401
- Credit points: 9
The unit Foundations in Christian Teaching and Learning is part of the subject area Education and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Master of Teaching (Primary) (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)).
This unit is a foundational unit and introduces the Philosophical foundation for the MTeach Program. This is encapsulated in the Teacher’s Transformational Helix model of Christian education, and supported by a set of teaching and learning principles, integrating the NSW model of pedagogy, which underpin the whole approach to the program. Whilst it explores the teaching of religion in schools, this unit is focused on the role and function of the Christian teacher and on the relationship of Christian schools with the Church and the community and particularly with the family and the state. The NSW Board of Studies K-10 Curriculum Framework will be introduced including an overview of the competing agendas embedded within Curriculum Design and Reform. The main intent is for the Pre-service Teacher to develop a clear rationale for their own philosophy as a Christian educator, exposing them to a range of models of teaching and learning, pedagogies and behavior management information from which they can begin to apply strategies and establish a positive classroom climate.
By the end of this unit participants should be able to:
- Integrate faith based values and perspectives into their studies and articulate a personal philosophy and vision for teaching
- Possess a variety of strategies to reflect on themselves as practitioners and lifelong learners
- Identify competing and consonant agendas in national, state and Christian education
- Understand and be able to implement various models of teaching and learning and related pedagogies that reflect the diversity of school contexts
- Develop strategies to implement the Board of Studies syllabus documents appropriate to the Key Learning Areas, including an ability to integrate across the KLA’s
- Demonstrate the relationship between learning outcomes, content and assessment which are consonant with a Christian worldview
- Apply principles of teaching and learning to their philosophy of education for the selection of appropriate pedagogies and strategies for teaching and assessing diverse learners
- Construct and manage learning environments which include marginalized groups and cater for different learning styles and multiple intelligences
- Select from a range of classroom behavioural management strategies, those which enhance biblical and transformational perspectives.
- Discuss the latest research on the use of ICT in learning and teaching
- Philosophy of Education
- Models of teaching
- Introduction to Curriculum Design and Reform
- Classroom and Behaviour Management (see also EDU400 Professional Practice)
- Professional Practice
This course may be offered in the following formats
Face to face.
- Minor Assignment 30% (1500 words)
- Major Assignment (50%)
- Personal Journal
- Reading responses (20%)
- Professional Portfolio
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