This unit builds on the interplay between research and practice. It extends students’ understanding of the processes and uses of participatory action research, also known in this context as teacher-based inquiry.
It reviews theories on engaging practices in diverse professional contexts, with a focus on working with students from low socio-economic backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island learners and students who have English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D). It also reviews pedagogic approaches linked to 21st century education.
You will challenge yourself to inquire into and reflect upon your professional practice and develop engaging classroom pedagogies and assessment practices in the area of your primary teaching specialisation (English, Mathematics or Science and Technology).
The unit will expand your research skills through the critical review and application of various approaches to document, measure and evaluate student engagement. In line with NESA primary teaching specialisation requirements, you must apply these research skills and understandings to your school, classroom context and selected curriculum area specialisation.