On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
- Identify social, cultural and economic changes that impact on the purposes and outcomes of education in 21st century Australian society.
- Reflect on self as learner and discuss the relevance of personal and professional lifelong learning for educational professionals.
- Reflect on the impact of personal perspectives of race, class, gender and identity formation on the professional role of educators.
- Evaluate contemporary perspectives on social justice and their relationship to Professional Standards and Codes of Ethics and Conduct for professional educators.
- Assess ways in which knowledge of educational contexts such as socioeconomic background, culture, identity and gender shape the decision-making of educators.
This unit incorporates essential professional behaviours embedded in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. The development of an e-portfolio for demonstrating evidence of the standards at graduate level is introduced in this unit and can be used as the basis for registration, identification of professional learning needs and selection of evidence for professional folios for future employment interviews.
Successful completion of the unit Education as a Profession provides opportunities for students to demonstrate the following focus areas of the standards: 1.1, 1.3, 4.4, 6.1, 6.2, 6.4, 7.1 and 7.2. In addition, competency elements from the Diploma of Children's Services (Early Childhood Education and Care) including HLTHIR403C: 1 and 2; HLTHIR404D: 2; CHCCHILD401A: 1 and 3; and CHCCS400B: 1, 2, 3 and 4 are taught and assessed in this unit.