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Teacher Professionalism and Ethical Conduct

Duration: 1 Teaching Period

Unit Code: EDU80050

Contact Hours: Recommended 12 hours of study per week

About this unit

In this unit preservice teachers will acquire a strong understanding of professional and ethical standards that underpin the teaching profession and code of conduct. Specifically, preservice teachers will critically analyse the role and leadership of teachers in secondary settings to understand the multifaceted impact that results from their engagement with others. Incorporating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives that is culturally responsive and ethical, preservice teachers will engage in strong collaboration to navigate ways that bring about a positive change for education settings.

Content

  • Ethics, validity and fairness in assessment and teaching
  • Ethical issues around democracy and cultural diversity
  • The objectivity of values and professional values
  • Teaching competence and teacher scrutiny
  • Professionalism and notions of schooling
  • Regularly vs legal functions in education and training, employment and leadership
  • Teachers as role-models and suitability to teach: ethical issues related to character and health
  • Ethical issues of freedom, equity and punishment: managing challenging classroom interactions
  • Multiple ways of knowing and being as a teacher (incorporating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in teaching and leadership)
  • Regulatory obligations in professional practice
  • Local and global policy influences, including the impact of standardisation
  • Policy development at a school and local community level; enhancing professional partnerships
  • Workplace Health and Safety in the teaching profession

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