EDUC 2002 - Responsive Teaching Practice

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024

This course enables you to engage with published research and to conduct action research in a manner that enables you to be responsive to the changing dynamics of classroom and society, while on Professional Placement in High Schools during the semester. You will collaboratively examine a range of methodologies and analyse research studies that inform understandings about issues in curriculum and pedagogy and design your own action research project to inform your ability to adopt responsive practices to your teaching. As all students participate in the School of Education's eLearning Program, you need to own or borrow an iPad with pencil and keyboard.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 2002
    Course Responsive Teaching Practice
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites EDUC 1100 and EDUC 2001
    Restrictions Available to students in B.Teach double degree programs only
    Assessment Professional Experience (School Placement) Hurdle Requirement, Discussion Board Contribution and Response, Team Funding Pitch Based on Research Translation, Action research design
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr John Willison

    Location: Room 8.08
    Level 8 
    School of Education, 
    Faculty of the Professions
    10 Pulteney Street, Adelaide, 5005
    Phone: 83133219
    Course Timetable

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

    Lecture attendance: 40 minutes per week
    Tutorial attendance: 100 minutes per week
    On-line activity: 40 minutes per week
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to: APST (Graduate)
    1 Activate the steps involved in the action research process 1.1, 3.6, 5.4, 5.5
    2 Engage individually and collaboratively in reflective practice as stated in APST Standard 6: Engage in Professional Learning 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4
    3 Evaluate others' and own educational research 1.1, 3.6, 5.4, 5.5
    4 Plan and, when possible, conduct small scale educational action research 1.1, 5.4, 5.5
    5 Explore the importance of undertaking research to inform your own teaching practice for continual professional learning and development and for improvement of student learning 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 3

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Feldman, A., Altrichter, H., Posch, P., Somekh, B., (2018). Teachers investigate their work: An introduction to Action Research. Routledge. (through library)
    Recommended Resources

    Available online
    Grellier, J. & Goerke, V (2018). Communicatons toolkit (4th Edition). Cengage Learning Australia, South Melbourne, Victoria. Text Book. Communicatons toolkit (4th Edition). (through library)

    Kervin, L. et al (2016). Research for Educators. Cengage Learning Australia, South Melbourne, Victoria. (through library)

    Willison, J. (2020). The Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching: Connecting Sophisticated Thinking from Early Childhood to PhD. Springer.

    Hard Copy
    Ary, D., Jacobs, L., Sorensen, C. (2010). Introduction to Research in Education. Wadsworth Cengage. (3 hour loan, Barr Smith Library).
    Online Learning
    Students will be expected to participate in online activities on a weekly basis in preparation for weekly tutorials.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    There is one pre-recorded lecture, one required reading and one 80 minute tutorial  each week, and one on-line activity each fortnight. Successful completion of the course is dependent on attendance at turorials each week (minimum 80% attendance). Any absences will need to be supported by a medical certificate or appropriate documentation.  Contributions to each tutorial and online activity are required by the teacher Registration Board for practice aspects of the Austrlian Porfessional Standards for Teachers (APSTs) and these standards will be assessed in the course assignments. There will be approximately 30 minutes available at the end of each tutorial to ask the tutor questions about the course and assessments.
    The program for the Semester will be available on Myuni one week before the course commences.

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

    Professional Placement: 10 days
    Lecture: 40 minutes per week
    Tutorial attendance: 80 minutes  per week
    On-line activity: 40 minutes per week
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course consists of pre-recorded lectures, tutorials and online work.
    Each week you need to prepare, so that you may engage in high-level interaction and application in tutorials: (a) read the required readings, (b) complete a Discussion Board post, (c) respond to another's post, (d) watch the online lecture and (e) complete the online activity.
    Some people will have completed their Professional Experience placement by the end of Week 1, some people will be completing this in Week 10 or later. Either way, your Professional Experience will be a key source of inspiration for Research as Teaching Practice.

    Tutorials will be held weekly.
    Week Lecture/Tutorial Details Learning Outcomes
    1 Lecture:

    Tutorial &  Online Activity
    Teaching Practice requires thougthful improvement

    How does research connect to teaching practice?
    Identifying a capability focus for action reseach.
    2 Lecture: 

    Tutorial & Online Activity
    Action Research

    Identify action research that teachers have engaged in.
    Determine facets of action research.



    Tutorial &

    Online activity
    Enbark: Beginning Action Research

    Framing questions, posing probems, determining evidence-bases for practice

    4 Lecture:

    Tutorial & Online activity
    Find and Genrate: Classroom Data

    Determinin ways to collect and generate data from a classroom

    5 Lecture:

    Tutorial & Online activity
    Evaluating your own Action research and others' research

    Treating data in a discerning manner

    6 Lecture:

    Tutorial & Online activity
    Organising and Managing Action Research


    Determine a variety of ways that data is organised and that research processes are managed

    7 Lecture:

    Tutorial & Online activity
    Analyse and synthesise for understanding


    Determining tredns and theses in data. in order to create pertinent directions and solve problems

    4, 5
    8 Lecture:

    Tutorial & Online activity
    Communicate and Apply  


    Communicating and applying Action Research with students, colleagues and more broadly.

    9 Lecture:

    Tutorial & Online activity
    Action Research Spirals

    Engaging in cycles of action to consistentyl apply learning from Action Research
    Developing coherent sequence of lessons in response to, and part of,  action research.
    Add riour to Action research over time
    10 Lecture:

    Tutorial & Online activity
    Policy, Madia and Action research 

    The influence of media, policy and others' research on classroom practice. The mediating role of action research for classroom practice



    Tutorial & Online activity
    Systematic reviews of education research 


    The relationship between systematic reviews and classroom practice


    Tutorial & Online activity

    Course Wrap-up

    Specific Course Requirements
    Professional Experience- School Placement
    It is vital that you are able to apply educational theory and research to your teaching. Therefore, satisfactory completion of Professional Experience (10 days in school) is an assessable hurdle requirement for this course. If you do not satisfactorily complete the Professional Experience component of the course, you will be awarded a Fail grade for the course.

    Knowledge of course requirements
    It is a student’s duty to acquaint himself/herself with course requirements. Ignorance of course requirements due to a student’s non-attendance at lectures or seminars is not an acceptable reason for non-fulfilment of any requirements.

    Students attending lectures and seminars should note that behaviour which interferes with the conduct of the lecture or seminar may result in a student being asked to leave the class and may result in suspension from the unit. In particular mobile phones must be turned off and placed in students’ bags before the commencement of lectures and seminars. Students are not to have mobile phones out during seminars and this includes texting under desks and sitting in seminars with mobile phones messaging others will result in you being asked to leave the seminar.


    Viewing of pre-recorded  lectures is expected and on the basis of the research evidence is highly profitable. (See Woodfield, et al., 1-22, in Studies in Higher Education, 31, 1, 2006 and Rodgers and Rodgers, 2003, 27-41, in Education Research and Perspectives, 30, 1, 2003).


    Indicate the overall scope of the subject,
    Emphasise essential points,
    Provide a starting point for private study,
    Give explanations of certain difficult points ,
    Give examples relevant to the particular course area,
    Provide a preliminary map of difficult reading material,
    Suggest sources of further information and reference,
    Stimulate student thinking and provide guidelines for thoughts assisting to develop a critical interest in the subject (RMIT Counselling Service, 1969)

    Attendance and whole hearted and spirited participation is expected. 

    Special Consideration
    Students who wish to seek special consideration because of illness or special circumstances should follow Faculty of Arts guidelines and apply to the lecturer in charge with relevant documentary evidence. This is usually a doctor’s certificate. For both special consideration and extensions you need to complete well beforehand the Application Form – Assessment Task Extension or Replacement Examination due to Medical and Compassionate Circumstances and/or Application Form – Extenuating Circumstances Application Form. These along with relevant information and instructions are on the university web site.

    Extensions and deadlines
    If due to illness or other valid reasons, a student is unable to meet a deadline, he/she must follow Faculty of Arts guidelines for applying for an extension and contact the lecturer before the deadline in order to seek an extension (which may or may not be granted). Students are required to produce original documents to support their application for an extension. Any assignment handed in late, without authorised extension, will be penalised at a rate of 10% of the assigned mark per 24-hour period late, to a maximum of 7 periods. Assignments handed in more than seven periods late, without authorised extension, will not be marked and an automatic fail grade for that piece of assessment will be recorded.


    Plagiarism is “the reproducing of someone else's intellectual work and representing it as one's own without proper acknowledgment”. Examples of plagiarism include: direct copying or paraphrasing of someone else’s words without acknowledging the source; using facts, information and ideas directly derived from an unacknowledged source; and producing assignments which are the work of other people.

    Students have a responsibility to:
    Access and use available information provided by the University to avoid plagiarism;
    Declare sources in their work submitted for assessment, from which they obtain material or ideas: Retain drafts, notes and copies of all assignments submitted for assessment;
    Ensure that you do not make your work available to other students in any form for the purposes of plagiarism;
    Discuss any questions you may have about plagiarism with your kindly and supportive lecturer.

    Specific Requirements
    Students should write their assignments independently. Students are expected to produce their own work. This might involve students choosing, analyzing, summarizing and interpreting the (often competing) ideas of others, and developing arguments and drawing conclusions. Students can: discuss assignments with other students and their tutors; communicate with one another in constructive ways about the learning process; and assist each other, e.g. by discussing the approaches that might be taken to assignment topics, or helping with the availability of reading materials.

    Students must acknowledge an original author/creator for the ideas and concepts used in their work by providing a reference or citation. A reference is the written detail of the original source for ideas, which may be referenced within, and at the end of the assignment in the form of a reference list.

    You may use quotations: exact words of an original author in written work. The quotation (exact words) should be placed in quotation marks and be accompanied by a reference. If paraphrasing (rewrite completely another author's words or ideas with the intention of presenting the author's ideas), it is vital that the passage is fully rewritten, including the sentence structure. Any short phrases or key words that are used should be handled as quotes. The source must always be referenced.
  • 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
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome APST (Graduate)
    Professional Experience (School Placement) Hurdle Requirement

    Satisfactory completion required to pass the course 9 1.1,2.1,2.2,3.6, 5.4, 5.5, 6.1,6.2,6.3, 6.4
    Assignment 1: Discussion Board post on Reading with response to another student

    each fortnight

    20% 1,2,3,5 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 3.6, 5.4, 5.5
    Assignment 2: Using AI to develop General Capabilities in Schooling (Pairs or Threes)

    Summative Mid-semester


    1.1, 3.6, 5.4, 5.5, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4

    Assignment 3: Action research design
    Summative End of Semester

    40% 7,8,9 1.1, 3.6, 5.4, 5.5, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4

    Please note transition placement arrangements will apply to students who commenced a Bachelor of Teaching double degree prior to 2019.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    The overall mark required to pass is 50%. Students need to attempt and pass each of the three assessments.
    A penalty of 2% of the mark gained will be deducted for each day Assignment 2 or Assignment 3 is late.
    Discussion posts and responses for Assignment 1 must be completed before a student's tutorial commences. The Discussion Board will shiut at the time the tutorial starts. The intention is that each person comes prepared to engage deeply in the content of the tutorials.

    Assessment Detail
    Assignment 1: Discussion Board Contribution and Response (20%)
    Prior to tutorials, students post on the Discussion Board about connections between specified readings and classroom practice. 10% for 10 weekly posts with a quote from the reading, citation, reference and connections to practice. Students comment on another's post whci amplifies or critiques it; 10% for ten weekly responses.

    Assignment 2: Using AI to develop General Capabilities in Schooling (Pairs or Threes: 40%)
    Work in pairs or threes to collaboratively create a plan to develop one student General Capability, such as Critical and Creative Thinking across two or three learning areas and that incorporates secondary student use of Artificial Intelligence (AI).  The team component is worth 40% of the total marks and the individual component is worth 60% of the marks.

    Assignment 3: Action research design (40 %)

    Design and justify action research that responds to an aspect of their classroom practice which relates in some way to a systemic and/or whole school concern and general capabilities. You will need to reflect, plan, implement, observe and explore types of data (e.g., quantitative.)
    In this assignment PSTs are asked to design and justify action research that responds to an aspect of practice. Action research design needs to relate in some way to a systemic and/or whole school concern with one of the Australian Curriculum General Capabilities e.g., Literacy, Numeracy, ICT, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding and Intercultural Understanding. A key focus for the assignment is to build pedagogy in a subject that PSTs intend to teach through an action research design.

    Professional Experience  (10 Days placement in a school- Hurdle Requirement)

    It is vital that you are able to apply educational theory and research to your teaching. Therefore, satisfactory completion of Professional Experience (10 days in school) is an assessable hurdle requirement for this course. Placement completion is determined by School Mentor Teachers in collaboration with the School of Education.

    If you do not satisfactorily complete the Professional Experience component of the course, you will be awarded a Fail grade for the course.

    Where there are Medical, Compassionate or Extenuating circumstances as defined in the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment (MACA) Policy, you may apply for an Assessment Extension in the form of an additional Professional Experience placement. Upon approval, the School of Education will endeavour to provide an additional Professional Experience at a time to be negotiated with a school.

    Where the additional Professional Experience occurs after relevant grading deadlines, a Result Pending grade will be assigned. The additional Professional Experience must be completed prior to the date that a Result Pending grade is automatically converted to a Fail grade as outlined in Policy.

    1. Double space the lines. Use at least 12 point and a clear and legible font. This makes it easier for the maximum grade to be awarded by staff that wear multifocal spectacles but are otherwise kind and caring, full of compassion, slow to anger and rich in justice.
    2. Leave a margin of at least one inch on the left hand side of the paper.
    3. Use a footer or header with your name,courseand page number.
    4. A title page should be placed at the front of the assignment. This should contain your name, the subject, the title of the assignment, the name of the lecturer concerned, and the date. All assignments must be accompanied by an Essay Cover Sheet, which includes a Statement of Authorship
    5. Students who wish to submit assignments via the postal system must ensure the envelopes are post marked no later than the due date for submission and are sent by registered mail. Students are advised that the School of Education takes no responsibility for assignments sent by post.
    6. Assignments will not be accepted for marking after other work in that subject has been returned unless a special consideration request has been approved.
    7. The completed assignment should be stapled or fastened in the top left hand corner. Please do not use manila or other forms of folders and please do not under any circumstances place each separate page in a separate plastic envelope.
    8. Keep a hard copy of your essay and other submitted work. Sometimes accidents do happen, mail fails to arrive or computers crash. 
    Note: Failure to follow these prescriptions will result in a lower mark on the essay.

    Assignment Grading
    Your assignment provides you with an opportunity to comprehend research material criticize it and create an argument of your own. Your papers will be assessed on the basis of the following which appear in detail in both the Assignment Grading Templates. Please note all of these especially the previously noted stricture on the judicious use of quotations.
    (a) the depth and scope of the research. Has the student used at least 3-5 different sources (excluding newspaper and popular press material)? Has the student simply restated the sources or made an attempt to evaluate these sources and create an argument of her/his own?
    (b) the quality of the ideas and the soundness of argument. Is the essay a critical exposition as opposed to a listing and reproduction of the research?
    (c) the organization of ideas within the paper. Is the essay logically organized and well structured?
    (d) the style of writing including appropriateness of language, clarity of expression, sentence structure, etc.
    (e) length, etc. Are there glaring errors of expression, spelling etc? Errors in this area will mean that an essay is very unlikely to obtain more than a P grade.
    (f) the quality of presentation, including attention to grammar, punctuation, spelling, legibility and very importantly consistency and correctness in matters of referencing and bibliography. Unless these latter matters are near to perfect then it would be unlikely that an essay would be graded higher than a P grade. 

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the university grading scheme and due to the large numbers a distribution on the normal curve will be expected.
    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    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.

    As a result of SELTs  feedback and other feedback provided by students the following changes have been made:

    1. More convenient class times for students and different location of tutorials
    2. Shorter lectures
    3. Continuing emphasis on the relation between research and teacher's work
    4. Modification to assessments 
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