EDTS140 Module 2
Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for young Australians
1. What is the documents purpose?
The Melbourne Declaration of Education Goals seeks to ensure high-quality and coherent birth to adulthood learning and development system. The document provides a guideline to how each and every student should be treated in an equitable environment. The document states two major goals which underpin the Australian curriculum. These two goals explore notions such as equity, excellence, successful learners, confident & creative individuals and active & informed citizens. This document plays an important role in education and is known as the blueprint in the industry.
2. Creatively characterise/describe the ‘young Australians’ the declaration is committed to developing.
3. Why do you think it is important for teachers to be aware of the Melbourne Declaration?
Teachers are required to be aware of the Melbourne Declaration as it provides a guideline to follow. The document assists teachers in understanding how each student should be treated as well as ensuring the Australian Curriculum is being fulfilled. For instance, the document states, ‘have the essential skills in literacy and numeracy and are creative and productive users of technology, especially ICT, as a foundation for success in all learning areas.’ The introduction to ICT allows students to engage in new ways of communication, problem — solving and working collaboratively in a new way. Teacher’s awareness of the declaration provides students with the best chance to succeed in a changing future.
Reflection — 150 words
The digital technologies foundation to year two (band 1) content descriptors indicates the basics in technologies education. Student between kindergarten and year two must recognise components, patterns in data, and collect data at a satisfactory level. Initially I was surprised to what extended students between this age must achieve. However, whilst reading further into the curriculum content into further years I understand why students are learning about technology at such a young age. I believe the biggest challenge will be integrating technology into other subjects. For instance, integrating an English lesson with technology. However, whilst learning studying a bachelor of education (primary) I believe these skills will be developed. As a future teacher I hope technology is a part of majority of my lessons as I believe it is a way to engage children within lessons. Being a digital native myself I hope to be able to pass down technologies education in a clear manner with the integrating of other core subjects.