Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Information literacy

About this Illustration of Practice

A teacher librarian works with teachers to plan and review a student research unit on Ancient Rome. Reference is made to a student survey, which has established the students’ levels of understanding of the inquiry process. Expected learning outcomes are identified along with the research task, the final product, formal assessment and opportunities for student self-reflection.  The teacher librarian uses professional expertise to identify a range of print and digital curriculum resources that the students can use in the information gathering and a note-taking process.  Following the delivery of the planned lessons, the teacher librarian and her colleagues formally evaluate the unit.

Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.2
Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Work with colleagues to plan, evaluate and modify learning and teaching programs to create productive learning environments that engage all students.
Other descriptors
Standard 6
Engage in professional learning
Focus area 6.3
Engage with colleagues and improve practice
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Initiate and engage in professional discussions with colleagues in a range of forums to evaluate practice directed at improving professional knowledge and practice, and the educational outcomes of students.
  1. How do you work with colleagues to collaboratively plan, teach and evaluate units of work?
  2. What opportunities do you take to initiate and lead professional discussions about evaluating practice directed at improving student outcomes?
Mercy Diocesan College
Year level
Year 7
Related subject
Stage of schooling
School type
Non Government
School location
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Mercy Diocesan College is located in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. It has 600 students enrolled in years 7 to 12. There are 48 cultural backgrounds represented with 58 per cent of the student population having language backgrounds other than English. The students and staff have access to the library during the school day as well as before and after school. The Information Centre offers three learning areas for classes to utilise to satisfy their information and reading needs.

Content provider
Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)

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