1 x 1-hour lecture weekly
1 x 2-hour workshop weekly

8 x 1-hour lecture per semester
8 x 2-hour workshops per semester
^ = may be enrolled concurrently
^ 1 of EDUC4740, EDUC4776, EDUC4741, EDUC4777, EDUC4742, EDUC4778, EDUC4779, EDUC4743
Topic description

This is a capstone topic designed to provide students with the opportunity to reflect on, synthesise and use knowledge developed across the earlier years of the degree. Students will be challenged to investigate significant contemporary educational issues and to use their educational and curriculum knowledge to explain and justify the positions they adopt in relation to these issues. This process will assist students to explore and make explicit their personal professional philosophy of education. In addition students will explore the nature of the profession they are preparing to enter. Students will critically analyse evidence of their learning and performance across course topics and professional experience as a process for gathering evidence to meet the graduate professional standards for teachers and document this in a personal professional portfolio.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Assist students to bring their educational and curriculum knowledge to bear on the investigation of contemporary educational issues
  • Engage students in applied processes that can be used to critically analyse selected contemporary educational issues
  • Enable students to use these procedures to propose and justify policy positions and/or practices relevant to the selected issues
  • Document evidence in a personal professional portfolio to meet the AITSL Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST): Graduate Level and or ACECQA Quality Standards
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Articulate a personal professional philosophy of teaching and education by synthesising and critically evaluating relevant beliefs, knowledge and skills
  2. Analyse and critique policy and practice related to selected educational problems and issues
  3. Explain and justify their recommendations for action in relation to the selected educational problem or issues
  4. Explain the roles of teachers as members of profession
  5. Analyse key features of the process of entering the teaching profession and of the early years of teaching
  6. Complete a professional portfolio that includes evidence of competency against the APST: Graduate level standard and or the ACECQA Quality Standards drawing on learning in the topic, previous coursework and professional experiences

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.