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© The University of Newcastle 2018. This project is funded by the Australian Department of Education and Training

Course Overview

The course consists of a series of six units designed to support teachers in understanding and nurturing students’ aspirations and illuminating pathways to higher education.

The focus of each unit is as follows:

  • Unit 1 - Course introduction and overview (10 minutes)

  • Unit 2 - Introduction to aspirations (2 hours)

  • Unit 3 - Aspirations matter (2 hours)

  • Unit 4 - Factors that matter (2 hours)

  • Unit 5 - Relationships and connections that matter (2 hours)

  • Unit 6 - Schooling and teachers matter (2 hours)

Each unit provides a suite of digital resources (including videos, activities, links to data and information) designed to develop teachers’ capacity to better support students from diverse backgrounds in an inclusive and culturally appropriate manner. The units have the following features in common:

  1. A conceptual framework to enhance teachers’ understanding of aspiration formation and their role in supporting students from diverse backgrounds;

  2. Activities (examples, data, strategies) to help teachers in translating the concepts to their own contexts and practices;

  3. Material on education, careers, and preparing for higher education to inform teachers’ interactions with students, families and communities;

  4. Opportunities for teachers to engage in online and/or face-to-face communities of practice for enriching their understanding and practice.


This work was funded by the Australian Government Department of Education within the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program.

 Aspirations: Supporting Students’ Futures online course is for all Australian teachers

and has NESA (NSW) and TQI (ACT) accreditation

 
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