EDCU13021 - Teaching Religious Education in a Catholic School
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

In this unit, pre-service teachers plan for, implement and evaluate teaching and learning in Religious Education using the Religion Curriculum of the Rockhampton Diocese. You will reflect on your own understandings of aspects of the Belief strand of the curriculum and identify challenges and approaches to teaching religion and expressing religious beliefs that acknowledge classroom complexity and the diverse and pluralistic religious backgrounds of students in Catholic schools. You will justify curriculum design choices and evaluate resources for their suitability for use with a specific class. In consultation with your supervising teacher, you will implement a unit and a classroom ritual or prayer celebration. Following planning and implementation, you will evaluate stakeholder responses to the images and language of God embedded in your planning and the construction of genres for worship, celebration and prayer experiences that reflect the beliefs and practices of the wider faith community.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 50%
2. Presentation and Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Evaluate the impact of resources, support networks and teachers’ personal and professional knowledge base on approaches to teaching religion and expressing religious beliefs in Catholic schools.
  2. Design, implement and evaluate a unit of work for a specific class using local diocesan curriculum documents.
  3. Justify planning decisions and strategies for teaching religion that are responsive to classroom complexity and the pluralistic religious backgrounds of students.
  4. Reflect critically on student engagement, learning outcomes and the design of a class religious ritual and its celebration as a symbol of the beliefs and practices of the faith community of the Catholic school.

Outcomes in this unit align explicitly with the requirements of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate level) and incorporate knowledge, understanding and skills required for full accreditation to teach in Catholic schools.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy  
5. Team Work        
6. Information Technology Competence        
7. Cross Cultural Competence
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment    

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorKerry Aprile (K.Aprile@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Topic 1: The Religion Curriculum

Topic 2: How to talk about God, Jesus and Holy Spirit

Topic 3: Planning a Religion unit of work

Topic 4: Prayer Celebrations

Topic 5: Linking prayer to the classroom

Topic 6: Reviw - Teaching Religion in the classroom

Please note that teaching for this course is delivered through an intensive prior to the commencement of professional Practice 4. The schedule for the Intensive has been provided by the unit lecturer and covers the topics listed in the Week 1 block.

Week 2 17-07-2017
Week 3 24-07-2017
Week 4 31-07-2017
Analysis and resource selection Due Monday (31 Jul 17) 08:45 AM AEST
Week 5 07-08-2017
Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017
Week 7 28-08-2017
Week 8 04-09-2017
Week 9 11-09-2017
Week 10 18-09-2017
Week 11 25-09-2017
Week 12 02-10-2017
Planning, implementing and evaluating religious education programs Due Monday (02 Oct 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

This unit is delivered through an Intensive mode prior to the commencement of Professional Practice 4 and according to the schedule provided by the unit coordinator / unit lecturer.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Analysis and resource selection
Task Description

Part A: Examine the Belief strand of the Diocesan Religion curriculum for the year level where you are placed for your final Professional Practice placement. Identify sources of professional knowledge and quality reference materials or networks that will support / have supported your planning for the language and images of God you would use / have used with students to (a) implement a unit of work in Religion; and (b) plan a prayer celebration or ritual for the class. This section of the task should include critical reflection on the impact of teachers' personal and professional knowledge on approaches to teaching Religion in Catholic schools. Length: 500 words.

Part B: Select one resource that will be used / was used in a unit for the year level and evaluate or justify its suitability for teaching an aspect of religious beliefs to a class group from diverse backgrounds. Length: Brief explanation of unit focus and purpose of the resource plus 250 word evaluation / justification.

Assessment Due Date Week 4 Monday (31-Jul-2017) 08:45 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Feedback on this assessment response will be provided in sufficient time to allow for academic support and advice as necessary to inform students' responses to the next assessment task.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

Understanding of the impact of teachers’ personal and professional knowledge on approaches to teaching religion

Knowledge of Church documents and curriculum resources that guide planning and teaching in religion

Selection of appropriate resources for teaching religious experience and beliefs in primary and early years contexts

Critical reflection on sources of professional learning for teachers of religious education

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Upload the submission throught the link for Assessment Task 1 on the moodle site for this unit.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Evaluate the impact of resources, support networks and teachers’ personal and professional knowledge base on approaches to teaching religion and expressing religious beliefs in Catholic schools.

3. Justify planning decisions and strategies for teaching religion that are responsive to classroom complexity and the pluralistic religious backgrounds of students.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Planning, implementing and evaluating religious education programs
Task Description

Preparation: Negotiate the focus for a unit of work from the Religion curriculum with your supervising teacher. Plan and implement the unit during your final Professional Practice placement. You should include an opportunity for a class prayer celebration or ritual that will be presented to the wider school community at the conclusion of the unit.

Submit a copy of your unit and the prepared text for the prayer celebration or ritual at the conclusion of your placement.

Write a 1000 word critical reflection that:

(a) Evaluates the approach to teaching religion that you adopted in the unit of work in terms of building students’ understanding of religious beliefs and promoting inclusive participation in the planned learning activities for students from diverse religious, social and cultural backgrounds

(b) Explain and justifies the genre, purpose and context of the prayer celebration or ritual you implemented. This section of the reflection should outline the ritual’s structure, the values it expressed and the modes of the Arts and literacy strategies that were used to encourage participation and understanding of the meaning of the ritual for your class and as a symbol of the beliefs and practices of the broader Catholic school community.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Monday (02-Oct-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Feedback on this assessment task will be provided following moderation and in accordance with university policy on certification of grades.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

Justification and evaluation of design choices for promoting inclusive engagement and learning in religion

Understanding of the impact of students’ characteristics and backgrounds on learning in religion

Selection of texts and communication processes that reflect the beliefs and practices of the Catholic school community

Knowledge of the content, planning processes and teaching approaches underpinning the Diocesan Religion curriculum

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Submit this assessment task through the link for Assessment Task 2 on the moodle site for this unit

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Evaluate the impact of resources, support networks and teachers’ personal and professional knowledge base on approaches to teaching religion and expressing religious beliefs in Catholic schools.

2. Design, implement and evaluate a unit of work for a specific class using local diocesan curriculum documents.

3. Justify planning decisions and strategies for teaching religion that are responsive to classroom complexity and the pluralistic religious backgrounds of students.

4. Reflect critically on student engagement, learning outcomes and the design of a class religious ritual and its celebration as a symbol of the beliefs and practices of the faith community of the Catholic school.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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