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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedGippsland First semester 2010 (Day)
Gippsland First semester (Open Learning) 2010 (Open Learning)
Peninsula First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr G Auld (Peninsula); Dr Nicola Johnson (Gippsland)


This unit addresses the range of linguistic and literate demands on young children in contemporary Australia. Within a framework of multiliteracies, students will reconceptualise literacy to encompass systems of symbolic representation such as oral, written, disciplinary, artistic, technological, environmental, emotional and social literacies. Students will explore ways of analysing and extending children's representational capacities


Upon completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify how children make meaning through their participation and use of semiotic systems in a variety of social contexts;
  2. describe and critique key curriculum principles for supporting the development of children's multi-literacy skills;
  3. plan and implement ways to enhance children's use of a range of modes of communication, and
  4. implement teaching strategies to extend children's access to technological literacies.


Assessment task 1: Annotated bibliography and concept map (2,000 words or equivalent. 50%)
Assessment task 2: Planning assignment (2,000 words or equivalent. 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Glenn Auld

Contact hours

3 contact hours per week, 9 hours private study including readings, completion of set tasks and self-directed learning.