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EDF1304 - Learning and educational inquiry 2

6 points, SCA Band 0, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Education

Leader: Dr G Parr (Clayton), Associate Professor T Taylor (Gippsland) J Williams (Peninsula)


Clayton Second semester 2008 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2008 (Day)
Singapore Second semester 2008 (Off-campus)
Peninsula Second semester 2008 (Day)


This unit focuses on the centrality of language and communication to all teaching and learning. It involves a critical examination of relationships and modes of communication within classrooms and other learning environments. Unit learning and assessment tasks will require students to reflect on and analyse their broader beliefs about teaching and learning, and the role of language and communication, and to extend their thinking about these aspects beyond school settings to learning within the community. This unit will incorporate a 5 day professional placement in a non-school, community setting.


In the process of studying this unit students are expected to:

  1. understand the role of language and communication in teaching and in formal and informal learning environments

  1. develop an awareness of teaching and learning as complex dialogic, communicative fields

  1. understand the role of language and communication in generating thought and new ideas and knowledge through questioning and dialogue

  1. learn how to build positive learning environments and relationships through effective communication and dialogue

  1. understand the implications for learners, teachers, schools and the broader community, of changing communication practices in schools and in the community

  1. learn about new communication technologies and their impact on social and cultural interactions

  1. develop a range of effective communication skills and practices.


Two written assignments of 2,000 words (total 4,000 words), each worth 50%.

Contact hours

2 hours per week


Usually EDF1303



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