EDFX267 - Community Engagement
Prerequisite EDFX318 Professional Experience Birth-2 Years and EDFX319 Professional Experience Upper Primary
Pre or Corequisite EDFD221/261/271 Creating Inclusive, Safe and Supportive Learning Environments
This unit aims to assist pre-service teachers to gain knowledge and understanding of the needs, value and influence of educational diversity and to engage effectively with this diversity in its many forms. Professional experience placements are offered in a range of non-mainstream educational settings such as high support needs special schools, hospital and aged care education programs, refugee and community educational support programs and international, rural and remote teaching opportunities. These placements offer the opportunity to enhance critical reflection and to challenge and extend established beliefs. The experience focuses on a reciprocal partnership in which pre-service teachers contribute their educational expertise and in exchange, gain insight and teaching experience in diverse and often marginalised and disadvantaged educational settings. This unit encourages pre-service teachers to reflect on the value of education and how such experiences have the ability to transform their personal and professional lives as engaged and socially aware educators and citizens.