EDUC 4202 - Student Teacher Interaction (UG)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

Student Teacher Interaction in the Classroom. This course assists beginning teachers to consider and reflect upon the dynamics they participate in and are witness to within the classroom context. Our approach is informed by the knowledge that the learning process is inseparable to the interactions between teachers and students. In this course you will examine various approaches to foster and maintain a positive classroom environment so as to engender an effective context in which learning can take place.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 4202
    Course Student Teacher Interaction (UG)
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Restrictions Available to B Teaching & B Music Ed students only
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Robert Matthews

    Location: Room 8.29, Nexus 10 building, 10 Pulteney St, Adelaide
    Telephone: 8313 0488
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    See Course Planner and Detailed Program guide on MyUni
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
    1 Research and analyse pedagogical theories and formulate implications for classroom practice.
    2 Demonstrate awareness of current trends in classroom practice for middle/secondary schools.
    3 Identify stages of (adolescent) development and demonstrate a sensitivity to related secondary issues which impact classroom practice, such as student mental health.
    4 Realise the factors involved in student motivation and demonstrate strategies for maintaining student engagement with their learning.
    5 Articulate specific approaches to promote a positive learning environment, both individually and utilizing group processes.
    6 Demonstrate understandings of individual characteristics of students.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 5 & 6
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3, 5, & 6
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1 & 4
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2, 3, 4, & 5
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 2, & 6
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 5, & 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    A course reader will be available to purchase, containing weekly readings.  These readings are essential to assessment.

    In addition there are many resources and links available on the MyUni site. Please explore the site and familiarise yourself its layout.
    Recommended Resources
    The following texts have been used as required texts in previous years and are still highly useful as secondary readings.

    Khanna, P. K., (2010) Education psychology.
    Goodman, S (Ed.) (2007) Educational Psychology: an application of critical constructivism. New York: P. Lang
    This is an e-book. Link:,2&Search_Arg=educational%20psychology&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50&REC=0&RD=0&RC=0&PID=K48Z74wa57hKsBhMNhTwH9y6iVnL&SEQ=20111129180750&SID=3
    (you may also find by searching on BSL catalogue)

    Krause, K., Bochner, S. and Duchesne, S, (2003), Educational Psychology: for Learning and Teaching, Thompson.

    McInerney, D. & McInerney, V. (2006) Educational Psychology: Constructing Learning, Pearson Education Australia (3rd and 4th Editions are both good). (BSL 370.15 M152)
    Online Learning
    A comprehensive range of online materials have been provided through the MyUni site. Please visit the course site asap and explore – readings can be accessed through the menu buttons on the left.
    Course communication will be primarily through emails and MyUni postings. It is a course requirement that you access and frequently check (at least 2 times per week) these communications.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Engaged discussion and analysis of a range of materials, including classroom video footage and case studies. Lectures supported by problem-solving tutorials developing materials covered in lectures.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Course contact is four hours per week. Two one hour lectures + one hour tutorial each week + one hour seminar or private group work.
    Allow ~ three hours per week for assigned reading materials.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week Lecture Hours 1 Lecture Hour 2 Seminar Tutorial
    Week 1 Introduction to effective teaching and learning. Overview of course. Stages of teacher development. Different teacher styles. Characteristics of the student and teacher relationship. Promoting Positive Behaviour in the Classroom. Teaching through Relationship and Success. Introduce preventative, supportive and corrective techniques of classroom practice. None Introductory tutorial.
    Week 2 Promoting Positive Behaviour in the Classroom. Teaching through Relationship and Success. Introduce preventative, supportive and corrective techniques of classroom practice (continued). The adolescent in development. Puberty and adolescence. Identity formation and personal development. Humanistic approaches. Language In the Classroom Part 1 Praise & Preparation. The importance of using positive praise and employing extensive preparation.
    Week 3 Preventative approaches. Building a Repertoire of Teaching Strategies. Taxonomies. Learning Styles/cycles. Developmental perspectives on cognition and effective learning. Piaget’s stage theory of cognitive development. Vygotsky’s zone of proximal development. Language In the Classroom Part 2 The Need for Structure. The importance of good lesson structure and keeping students on task.
    Week 4 Preventative approaches continued. Creating and Sustaining Interest with your Students. Alternative Cognitive Views on Learning. Introduce supportive approaches. Differentiated approaches to teaching. Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence. Kersey Type Indicator. No seminar Private Group work Class room simulation. Teach in groups of 5 colleagues.
    Week 5 Planning and preparation for the positive classroom environment. Supportive continued and introduce corrective approach of classroom management. Mental Health. Promoting good mental health. Developing resilience as teachers and students. Depression, bullying and harassment in the school and classroom context. No seminar Private Group work Class room simulation. Teach in groups of 5 colleagues.
    Week 6 Recap of preventative and supportive strategies. Introduce corrective approaches of classroom management. Character and values education. Role of feelings in Education. Schools as Institutions or Communities. No seminar Private Group work Intervening with off-task chatter. How a teacher can resist being drawn off-task.
    Week 7 Neuroscience and Education. Implications of recent advances in brain studies for education. Creativity and the Imagination. The key 21st century learning outcome for education. Review of Language in the Classroom. Part 1 Using play, creativity and imagination in the classroom to motivate and foster engagement
    Week 8 Chronic, long term behavioural issues and possible intervention strategies. Chronic, long term behavioural issues and possible intervention strategies (continued). Review of Language in the Classroom. Part 2 Chronic, long term behavioural issues and possible intervention strategies (continued).
    Specific Course Requirements
    Not Applicable
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Tutorials will provide small group discovery of classroom practice.  Simulated classroom practice in small groups has proven a rich and realistic way of encountering classroom dynamics for novice teachers.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assignment 1 Handbook on promoting a positive learning environment 80%

    You are to write a handbook outlining the essential aspects of promoting and maintaining a positive learning environment. You might think of it as part of your ‘survival guide’ for beginning teaching.

    3,000 words

    Due Date: Thurs, 8th May (6pm)

    Submit with cover sheet in provided box, Ground Floor Nexus Building.

    It is recommended you make an early start on this assessment as it is due prior to teaching practice commencing. I do this because the handbook assignment is designed as to help you deliver and manage your classrooms. Many students carry their assignment with them on teaching practice as an invaluable resource.

    Assignment 2 Reporting on Classroom Practice 10%

    Completion of Report Writing Tool online (done on MyUni).

    Submission of self-report from simulation of classroom teaching. (use the Report Writing Tool to guide your self-report)

    ~200 words.

    Due Date: Mon, 5th May (6pm)

    Submit with cover sheet in provided box, Ground Floor Nexus Building.

    Assignment 3 Classroom Discourse 10%

    Discuss examples of classroom discourse.
    ~ 1000 words

    Submit with cover sheet in provided box, Ground Floor Nexus Building.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment 1:  Course Reader and MyUni access.

    Assessment 2:  MyUni access.

    Assessment 3:  NA
    Assessment Detail
    Details will be provided through Reader and online via MyUni

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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