EDUC 3001 - Reflective Practice

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

This course is designed to develop critically reflective professional practitioners. Reflective practice focuses on ethical conduct, resilience in crisis situations, high community engagement and the development of lifelong learning for professional growth.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 3001
    Course Reflective Practice
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 2 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites EDUC 1001, EDUC 1100
    Corequisites EDUC 3003
    Assumed Knowledge The teachers should have a knowledge of South Australian education policy and the key curriculum frameworks
    Course Description This course is designed to develop critically reflective professional practitioners. Reflective practice focuses on ethical conduct, resilience in crisis situations, high community engagement and the development of lifelong learning for professional growth.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr John Willison

    Dr John Willison
    Room 808
    Level 8, Nexus 10 Building
    School of Education
    Faculty of Arts
    The University of Adelaide

    Course Timetable

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

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

    There will be a weekly 50-minute lecture, and a 50-minute tutorial session. It is imperative that students attend every tutorial session, as they will contribute significantly to the program assessment requirements.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    # Course Learning Outcomes GA APST
    1 Understand the current trends in teacher employment, the policy and curriculum frameworks that support the professional teacher for career readiness, in a competitive local and international job market 1, 4 2, 6
    2 Demonstrate an understanding of the meaning of reflective practice, reflective learning theory and related literature 1 3, 6
    3 Critically analyse own practices to gain a better understanding of  quality teaching for safe and positive learning environments 2, 4, 5, 6 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    4 Discuss reflective practice in the context of teaching standards and the role of the professional teacher 1, 2, 4, 6 7
    5 Articulate how various technology tools are used to engage and enhance teacher communication in and outside of classrooms 2, 3, 4 2, 4, 6, 7
    6 Understand and identify professional learning opportunities and associations that support the personal and professional development of classroom teachers and leaders 3, 4, 6 6
    7 Develop an awareness of the factors that impact on student and teacher wellbeing and resilience within diverse educational contexts 4, 5, 6 1, 4, 7
    8 Collaborate with peers to research, risk assess and plan for a safe educational excursion to a cultural heritage site for a diverse group of learners. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 1.5, 1.6, 3.2, 3.6, 4.1, 4.4, 7.1, 7.2
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 4
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    3, 4, 5, 8
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    5, 6, 8
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    3, 7, 8
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    3, 4, 6, 7, 8
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    A reader is not required for this subject as weekly readings are available on MyUni,  along with resources during the lectures and tutorial sessions.
    Recommended Resources
    All lectures will be recorded and uploaded to Canvas with 24 hours of being presented. Additional resources may be uploaded during the course. Tutorials will be uploaded by Thursday morning each week after they have been delivered.
    Online Learning
    Any additional resources to support the delivery of this program will be uploaded to MyUni and students will be notified of these.

    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
    The lecture session will be in face to face mode. At the end of each presentation five minutes will be allowed for question time.

    Tutorials will be fairly interactive. Their purpose is to examine key themes of the lectures, readings and to focus on the assessment requirements of the course. Teachers will all participate in at least one 10  minute presentation. Tutorials in Week 1 and 12 will focus on the  SGDE.

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

    The information provided in Assessment Summary section is to assist students to successfully achieve the course requirements.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week Lecture Topic
    1 Introduction to course
    2 Reflective practice for teachers
    3 Critical incidents (part 1)
    4 Critical incidents (part 2)
    5 Legacy of the Stolen Generations
    6 Early career teacher resilience
    7 Quality teaching and professional engagement
    8 Teacher as learner and researcher
    and Professional learning communities
    9 Reflective Practice : pre-service teachers managing legal duty of care, risk and safety 
    10 Teaching and communicating in the 21st century
    11 The globalisation of education
    12 Course summary and reflection
    Specific Course Requirements
    All students are encouraged to attend lectures and are required to attend the compulsory tutorial sessions. In the case of absence an email to the course coordinator, or a medical certificate or other verification is required.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Student Teachers will be required to work in groups of 4 to 5 to research and plan a safe educational excursion for a class of secondary students to a cultural heritage site. They will need to fill in the appropriate risk assessment departmental forms, construct an itinerary and prepare a written task for the event. They will also have to reflect on their site selection, ability to work in a team and evaluate the effectiveness of the planned excursion in 250 words, as part of their critical reflective journal.
  • 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 Date Weighting Learning Outcomes
    Reflective post on discussion board and response to others' posts Ongoing online reflection and interaction 11pm Monday weeks 1-10 Sem1 10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8
    Two 'critical incident' written reports (2,000 words) Report 1: 800 words
    Report 2: 1200 words
    Friday 5th April
    Friday 3rd May
    Report 1 20%
    Report 2
    2, 3, 4 and 7
    A small group excursion plan with risk assessment, an activity, itinerary and group evaluation. Written plan and evaluation (sections 1-3)
    submitted by 1 person for group
    Friday 31st May 25% 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8
    Self-evaluation of participation in small group excursion plan Individual Written evaluation Friday 31st May 5% 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students must attend 80% of all lectures and tutorials and sign the attendance sheet on arrival.
    Assessment Detail
    Assignment 1: 10 weekly reflective posts on course content and responses to others' posts
    Weighting: 10%
    Due Date: Monday 11pm Week 1 to Week 10
    Graduate Attributes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6
    Course Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8
    APST: 1.5., 3.2., 3.3., 3.4., 3.5., 6.1., 6.2., 6.3., 6.4., 7.1., & 7.2

    Each week there will be a discussion question or provokation based on a required reading or viewing, and you will post a guided reflection in response on the course's discussion board. In addition, each week you will scan other students' posts and respond to two of these.

    Assignment 2: Two Critical Incident Reports
    Weighting: 60%
    Length Critical Incident 1: 800 Words (20%)
    Due Date: 5 April 2019
    Length Critical Incident 2: 1200 Words (40%)
    Due Date:
    3 May 2019
    Graduate Attributes:
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6
    Course Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4 and 7
    APST:  1.2., 1.1., 1.5., 1.6., 3.1., 3.5., 3.6., 6.2., 6.3., 6.4., 7.1., 7.2., & 7.4. 

    Using the examples/samples/scenarios presented in the lectures and tutorial activities students must write two reports,

    The two critical incident reports must contain:

    1. Title, background and a description of the critical incident (CI)
    2. Analysis of the CI
    3. Reflections evidence-based action/follow ups
    4. References must be made to relevant course materials and additional sources.
    5. Reference to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST)
    6. Reference Duty of Care obligations

    Please note: Harvard, APA, Vancouver or Footnote style can be used for referencing. Ensure you are consistent with your chosen referencing style throughout your paper.

    Assignment 3: Group Excursion Plan
    Weighting: 30% (25% group assignment and 5% Individual Written Task)
    Submitted via Canvas by Thursday 31st May 2018.
    Graduate Attributes: 1, 2, 3,4, 5 and 6
    Course Learning Outcomes: 3, 4,5, 7 and 8
    APST: 1.5., 1.6., 4.1., 4.4., 1.5., 4.1., 4.4., 7.1., 7.2. & 7.4 

    Teachers will be required to work in groups of up to 5 to research and plan a safe educational excursion for a class of secondary students to a cultural heritage site in Adelaide. The group will nominate a team leader to submit sections 1-3 (as one document), on behalf of the group for assessment via Canvas. Date to de determined.

    Assessment 3 part a
    Excursion Plan (25%)
    Submitted via Canvas by Thursday 31st May 2018.

    This plan has three components:

    1. Administrative paperwork (DECD Excursion Risk Management Plan, Application to conduct an excursion - ED169, an information/consent form and a written task for students)
    2. Itinerary of the excursion
    3. Written rationale of 300 words (how the excursion is suitable for the learners and linked to the Australian National Curriculum or SACE).

    Assignment 3b:
    Individual Written task (5%)
    Submitted via Canvas by Thursday 31st May 2018.
    Graduate Attributes:
    1, 2, 3,4, 5 and 6
    Course Learning Outcomes:
    3, 4,5, 7 and 8
    1.5., 1.6., 4.1., 4.4., 1.5., 4.1., 4.4., 7.1., 7.2. & 7.4

    300 words
    Subject knowledge linked to the Australian National Curriculum or the SACE
    Age appropriate for year level (APST 2.1)
    High engagement value (APST 4.1)
    Assessment is achievable for a diverse range of learners (ASPT 1.5 and 1.6)
    Includes an excursion reference list (5 resources)

    Group excursion plan and self-evaluation will be assessed on the following criteria:
    Accuracy and evidence of planning (15%)
    Completion of forms (DECD Excursion Risk Management Plan and the Application to conduct an excursion - ED169)
    Compliant with ethical, legal, administrative and organisational requirements (APST 7.1 and 7.2)Development of an information/consent letter for care givers (include cost and food arrangements)
    Development of a suitable written assessment task to be completed during the excursionInclusive of a diverse range of learners, including students with disabilities (APST 1.5 and 1.6)
    Evidence of supporting student participation and safety (APST 4.1 and 4.4) Itinerary of the excursion (10%) Realistic time lines Sufficient activities to engage students
    Include travel and break times (suitable recess and lunch times). Inclusive of a diverse range of learners (APST 1.5 and 1.6) Evidence of supporting student participation and safety (APST 4.1 and 4.4)
    • All assignments must be word-processed or typed. Illegibly written or badly presented assignments will be sent back for re-transcription.  Legible typescript and the quality of English expression are considered to be integral parts of the assessment process.
    • Assignments must have all pages numbered and your name on the header.
    • Clearly indicate on the front page of the assignment: your name, student ID, word length, course and name of your lecturer.
    • Include a detailed reference list.  
    • Content and quality of thought matter more than quantity but you should keep within 10% of the prescribed limit.
    • Online submission will be via Turnitin on Canvas.
    • Extensions can only be sought under the provisions of the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy or the Reasonable Adjustments for Teaching and Assessment for Students with a Disability Policy.
    • For work that is late without formal extension, 2 percentage points will be deducted from the mark for every day (or part thereof) the work is late to a maximum of 7 days (including weekends and public holidays).  For example, an assignment that is 3 days late: raw score of 80% - 6 marks lateness deduction = 74% final mark. For work with a formal extension, these penalties will apply from the extended due date.
    • There will be a cut-off date for each assignment 7 days (including weekends and public holidays) after the original due date unless otherwise stipulated on MyUni. Work will not be accepted after the cut-off date, and a mark of zero will automatically be awarded for the assignment.
    • Applications for variations to the cut-off date can only be made by the Course Coordinator on pedagogical grounds and must approved by the relevant School Learning and Teaching Committee. If you are experiencing any difficulties understanding an assignment you are encouraged to make an appointment with your lecturer for early clarification.We understand that illness and family responsibilities usually affect everyone at some point.  If you discuss the difficulty with us promptly, we may be able to negotiate a solution.
    • Students are encouraged to check their marks and notify the lecturer-in-charge of any discrepancies.Students must not submit work for an assignment that has previously been submitted and assessed for this course or any other course.
    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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