Curriculum task!

To aid differentiation, questions extracted from the body of course material are presented in plain text, while questions raised in ‘Inquiry questions’ and ‘Discussion’ sections are italicised.


  • How can I make school fairer for my students?
  • Drawing upon the philospohy of education we consider the purpose/s of schooling in contemporary Australia, as they currently stand, are schools fit for purpose?
  • What roles do schools play in the formation of society?
  • Who benefits from schools?
  • Why do we get reoccurring and persistent patterns of underachievement?
  • How do some of the experiences of students in Bridgeport connect to the larger problems common to Australian schools?
  • What social justice/equity issues can you find evidence of in Bridgeport?
  • For what purpose/s were systems of mass schooling established?
  • How has this changed? What is/are the purpose/s of mass schooling in the present age?

The School

  • For what purpose/s were systems of mass schooling established?
  • How has this changed? What is/are the purpose/s of mass schooling in the present age?
  • What sort of education do Australian children need to thrive and compete in this global world?
  • What was the job of the teacher, historically?
  • Have the needs and purposes of the schooling system changed?
  • Are we meeting the needs of our current students?
  • When you pass a school how do you know that it is a school (besides the signage)?
  • What are the common elements to schools, both in Australia and overseas?
  • Are these common elements necessary for learning?

The Teacher

  • What do I understand a “Teacher” to be?
  • How do I develop my professional identity as a teacher?
  • Consider popular cultural depictions of teachers, how are they depicted (Hopeless, sadistic, mean, angry, out-of-touch, inspiring, charismatic, heroic, etc…)?
  • Are these characterisations true to life?
  • Is the schooling system adequately represented by such portrayals? Why/Why not?
  • Do you think teaching is a respected profession, on par with medicine or law, or do you think it is misunderstood?
  • What judgements have you made about the case of the naked teachers? Were these judgements ethical or moral?
  • How many laws are teachers currently goverened by?
  • What role/responsiblity does each of these government departments (BOSTES, AITSL, ACARA, NSW DEC, My School, The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child) have regarding teaching in NSW?
  • Are teachers professionals?
  • How do you see the teaching profession?
  • How do others see it?
  • Do the professional standards help or hinder teachers in their quest to be considered professionals?
  • What do you consider to be the factors that make up teachers’ professional identities?
  • How do we ensure that the ethical dimension of teachers’ professionality is not neglected?

Let’s talk about Theory

  • What is sociological theory?
  • How can I use sociological theory to help me in my teaching practice?
  • Do that schools operate as meritocracies?
  • When we see persist patterns of underachievement in schools how can we use social (or sociological) theory to help us explain these patterns, and to change this?

Social Justice

  • Within the Australian schooling context, what are the equity and social justice issues?
  • How do these issues connect to Bridgeport?
  • How does Chris Lilley use the characters of summer heights high to demonstrate the classed and gendered aspects of these characters?
  • How do these issues play out in schools?
  • In Australia, we like to consider ourselves prepared to give others a “fair go”. But is this really the case in the education system?
  • What are the equity and social justice issues in the Australian school system?
  • Should we “Give a Gonski” or should Gonski be Gone-ski?
  • What evidence is there in the information regarding Bridgeport that some of the equity issues identified in Australia at large operate at this site?

School Change

  • How does change occur in schools?
  • How do I become a change agent? (In my school, or my KLA/department/faculty, or just in my classroom?)
  • How will you know when change has occurred?
  • What is your baseline?
  • How do I collect baseline data and change data?
  • What is best practice in the area that I want to change?
  • What do you need to investigate (or research) to bring about the change that you are planning for?

Day one week one tutorial one Transgirl teaching blog

EDUC 6168 tutorial one.

This semester is about working in professional learning communities (PLCs), growing accustomed to functioning as a group. It is strongly suggested that we use the jigsaw model of research to cover the entire course in the allotted time, wherein topics are divided by agreement, then each group member, having understood their topic, returns to the group and teaches the other members.

We will likely adopt the jigsaw model as it has met with no serious objection within the group. As such we have begun by dividing the initial prep tasks among ourselves. Overnight we are each to extract the questions raised by theĀ  course materials into a single document as we plan to use answering these questions as a guide to the self-directed learning portion of the course.

I am undertaking the Sociology of Education module and will include the extracted questions in my following post.