EDUC 4543A - Alternative Curricula A (UG)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

The course aims to present information on a range of methodologies and develop a variety of pedagogical skills to help students to be better prepared for the start of their teaching career.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 4543A
    Course Alternative Curricula A (UG)
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 2 hours per week, in addition to a 2 hour common lecture focussing on Planning and Teaching
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites None
    Incompatible EDUC 4517A
    Restrictions Available to B Teaching students only
    Course Description The course aims to present information on a range of methodologies and develop a variety of pedagogical skills to help students to be better prepared for the start of their teaching career.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Robert Matthews

    Course Timetable

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

    A detailed course timetable is included in the front section of the reader and on the MyUni site under course information.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On Successful completion of this course student will be able:

    APST Standard

    AQF7/8 GA
    Semester One

    Demonstrate deep knowledge and understanding of the complexity of the discipline and the teaching strategies of the learning area. 2.1 Knowledge 1,2,3,5,6,7


    Design and sequence unit and lesson plans based on essential content of the subjectarea, curriculum, including effective assessment principles. 2.2 & 2.3 & 3.2 Application 1,2,3

    Assemble a range of subject-appropriate resources, including online, that engage a diversity of students in their learning. 2.6 & 3.4 Application 2, 4, 5, 8

    Integrate relevant research and theory to develop a broad repertoire of subject-appropriate teaching and learning strategies, including use of ICT. 3.3 7 3.2 Skills 2,3,5

    Assemble relevant and appropriate sources of professional learning for teachers including subject professional associations. 6.2, 6.3 & 7.4 Knowledge
    & Skills
    4, 5, 6, 7, 8

    Demonstrate a commitment to work ethically and collaboratively so as to meet the professional expectations required of teachers 6.2, 6.3, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4 Knowledge, Skills & Application 3,4,8

    Demonstrate communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a diverse range of students 3.5, 4.2, 5.5 Knowledge, Skills & Application 2,4

    Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST): 

    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF): 

    Graduate Attributes: University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes:
    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
    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, 7
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,2,4,6
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3,5,6,7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1,3,4,5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1,5
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1,5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3,5,6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Weekly readings may be accessed through a combination of on-line materials and acourse reader available for purchase from the image and copy centre (Level 1,Hughes building).

    Additional resources and links will be available on the MyUni site. Please explore the site and familiarise yourself its layout.
    Recommended Resources

    Nagata, Y.
    (2007) Alternative Education: Global Perspectives Relevant to the Asia-Pacific
    Region Education in Asia-Pacific Region v. 10.
    This text is available as a free downloadable e-book from the Barr-Smith Library.

    Carl Rogers, Freedom to Learn.

    Leo Tolstoy, Tolstoy on Education.

    Krishnamurti, Education and the Significance of Life.

    Maria Montessori, The Discovery of the Child (earlier
    edition, The Montessori Method).

    John and Evelyn Dewey, Schools of Tomorrow.

    John Holt, How Children Fail.

    A. S. Neil, Summerhill.

    Ivan Illich, Celebration of Awareness.

    Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

    Kierran Egan, The Educated Mind: How cognitive tools shape
    our understanding. 

    Online Learning

    Any additional resources to support the delivery of this program will be uploaded onto 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
    Are face-to-face in lecture and tutorial format.


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

    Course contact is two hours per week - one hour lecture and one hour tutorial. (Plus additional 2 hour lecture for the
    Core Component)

    Allow at least two hours per week for assigned reading materials from this part of the course.

    Learning Activities Summary
    Lecture Content AITSL Standards
    Week 1

    Introduction to course.  Overview of historical and contemporary contexts.  Brief summary of
    various theorists.  Discussion of assessments and Group process.

    Discussion of Steiner online materials for use in assignments.

    S1 & S2 & S3 & S4 & S5
    Week 2
    Pestalozzi. La Floresta School, Bolivia

    Standards 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 7
    Week 3

    Steiner or Waldorf Education.

    Standards 1,2,3 ,4 and 5
    Week 4

    In own time watch the TED talk:  Ken Robinson.  Do schools kill creativity?
    And participate in online discussion.

    Standards 1,2,3 ,4 and 5
    Week 5


    Meet privately in your groups to discuss project.

    Submit a draft of your curriculum analysis to me electronically for comment.

    Standards 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 7
    Week 6

    Standards 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 7
    Week 7

    Neill and SummerHill.

    Standards 1, 2, 3,4,5,6 and 7
    Week 8
    Group Presentation

    (School Tour on May 5 at Willunga Waldorf if interested)

    Standards 1, 4,6 and 7
    Specific Course Requirements

    All students are required to attend the compulsory lecture and tutorial sessions. In the case of absence an email to the course coordinator, or a medical certificate or other verification is required. If a student is absent from the group presentation, additional work may be required by the student.  Participation in the group process is part of the assessment.

    Small Group Discovery Experience
    An 8 week long group process has been built into the course consistent with expectations of the small group discovery process.
  • 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 Item Weighting Due Date
               Steiner Curriculum Analysis         70% June 25
    Group Presentation 30% May 7
    Assessment Related Requirements

    Students must attend 80% of all lectures and tutorials and sign the attendance sheet on arrival. 

    Assessment Detail
    Assignment 1:    Steiner Curriculum Analysis                                                70%

    You are to analyse one of the High School subject strands from the Steiner National Curriculum:

    Your task is twofold:

    1.  To identify and discuss elements of alternative education that are embedded in your selected subject materials.  Relevant points to consider are:

    - How was creativity/play be included in classroom practice?   
    - How was the developmental stage of the ‘whole child’ included in classroom practice?
    - How was the heart, that is, social, moral aspects, included in classroom practice?
    - Plus any additional points featured in your particular subject area.

    2.  In your analysis you are also required to discuss how you might use some of these practices in a mainstream context.

     Length is 1500 words. 

    Further details including rubric are provided in lectures.

    Assignment 2:      Group presentation                                                      30%

    In this assignment your group will present a small unit of classroom work demonstrating alternative education insights as listed above in Assignment 1 (creativity/play; development of the whole child; social, emotional; and any others you wish to include)

    This design speaks directly to what teachers may do in the classroom.  Format will be a small unit of work – say 3 or so lesson ideas.  The subject area (likely multi-discipline) will be determined by the subject backgrounds of group members.

    This process will be closely scaffolded in lectures.

    Presentation length to be negotiated.

    Location will be the Smarte room.

    You will have access to power point, digital camera (akin to OHP), CD, DVD and video facilities.

    Further details including criteria are provided in the reader.
    For Assignment 1:

    Hard copy handed to me or placed in my pigeon hole (photocopier room, level 8, Nexus Building).
    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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