Foundations of Teaching for Learning 1: Introduction
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Course Date: 01 September 2014 to 29 September 2014 (4 weeks)
Foundations of Teaching for Learning is a program of study primarily for people who are currently teaching but have had no formal teacher education. This course is an introductory one that considers the three domains of being a teacher: Professional Knowledge and Understanding; Professional Practice; and Professional Values, Relationships and Engagement.
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).
introductory course explains how the seven other courses in the program will
assist you to improve your understanding of your 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
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
The program consists of the following courses:
Being a Teacher
Learners and Learning
Planning for Teaching and Learning
Introduction to Student Assessment
Being a Professional
Will 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.
This course will provide:
explanation of how the Foundations of Teaching for Learning program will
benefit you in your role as a teacher;
explanation of the three domains that constitute the basis of the program;
overview of each of the seven courses in the program;
details of the components of the courses;
information on evaluation techniques to provide feedback on your learning; and
on the development of your portfolio.
The course will consist or video lectures of about 10 minutes in length. There will also be additional think pieces, readings and activities each week. Additional activities and readings will be provided for those that want to go further. The course will be assessed by weekly quizzes and two peer assessed assignments.
Although the program can be completed without reading specific text books the following are suggested for those that may wish to purchase further reading:
MacBeath, J (2011)The
Future of the Teaching Profession, Brussels, Education International
MacBeath, J. and Younger,
K. (Eds) A Common Wealth of Learning, London, Routledge
Perkins, D. (2009) Making
Learning Whole: How seven principles of learning can transform teaching, San
Francisco, Jossey Bass
Townsend, T. & Otero,
G. (1999) The Global Classroom: Activities to engage students in Third
Millennium Schools, Hawker Brownlow, Melbourne.
Townsend, T & Bates,
R. (Eds) (2007) Handbook of Teacher Education: Globalization, Standards and
Professionalism in Times of Change, Springer, New York, 756p.
Watkins, C. (2005)
Classrooms as Learning Communities, London, Routleldge