Foundations of Teaching for Learning 7: Being a Professional
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Course Date: 22 September 2014 to 03 November 2014 (6 weeks)
This course will help you to consider what is expected of you as a member of the teaching profession. You will consider ethical behavior and the need to respect the laws and regulations governing teaching.
Stephen Dinham is Chair of Teacher
Education and Director of Learning and Teaching at the University of
Melbourne. Prior to entering academia, he taught in government secondary
schools in New South Wales. He is a regular presenter at international,
national and state conferences, and has conducted consultancies with a wide
range of educational bodies nationally and internationally. Stephen is
the author of the acclaimed 2008 book How to Get Your School Moving and
Improving, which provides insights on how teachers, teaching and schools
affect student success.
He is President of the Australian College of
Educators and Chair of the ACE Board. In 2011 Stephen received the Medal
of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to educational research and to
MacBeath is Professor Emeritus at the University of Cambridge, UK where he held the
Chair of Educational Leadership from 2000 to 2012. From 1997 to 2001 he was a
member of the UK Government National Schools Standards Task Force. His
consultancy work has included the OECD, UNESCO, the International Labour
Organisation, the Bertelsmann Foundation, the European Commission and the Education
Bureau in Hong Kong. More recently in his role as Project Director of the
Centre for Commonwealth Education he has, in collaboration with the University
of Cape Coast, helped embed leadership for learning in government policy in
Ghana. He was awarded the OBE (Order of
the British Empire) for services to education in 1997 and an honorary doctorate
from the University of Edinburgh in 2009. He has authored and co-authored 20
books in education, including most recently A
Common Wealth of Learning (Routledge, 2013) with Mike Younger and Learning in and out of School: the selected
works of John MacBeath (Routledge, 2012).
This course will emphasise what you can do to act professionally. This includes developing your own philosophy of teaching and making sure that you continue to improve your knowledge and skills. It also considers what it means to be part of a community of professionals, working with others to improve what happens in your school, community and profession.
This course is part of the
Foundations of Teaching for Learning program which is designed to assist people
who are currently teaching but have had no formal teacher education improve
their understanding of their role and work as a teacher. This set of courses will enhance your
knowledge and understanding about learning and teaching and what makes a
teacher a professional.
Practical activities are provided to assist you in using what
you have learned to improve your teaching practice. While these are optional, it is
strongly recommended that you undertake them if at all possible.
Of particular importance is a guide to the development of a
portfolio to help you organize and document your thinking about what you have
learned. In addition, you may be able to use the portfolio to access other
opportunities in the future.
I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?
On the satisfactory completion of each course you will receive a statement of accomplishment related to the course. These courses form part of a Specialization and if you have enrolled for signature track and satisfactorily completed each of the eight courses in the Specialization you will be able to participate in the capstone project. On completion of the capstone project you will receive a verified Specialization certificate for the entire program.
Is there any point in taking
just one course out of the program?
Each course covers a different topic and can be taken separately though
we would recommend that the introduction is taken first as it explains the
techniques used and sets the scene for the other courses.
In this course you will explore:
means to be a professional;
of conduct and standards for teachers;
administrative responsibilities of a teacher;
a personal philosophy of teaching;
of a professional learning community;
advice on how to improve your teaching; and
for your future development as a teacher.