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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2010 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester (Open Learning) 2010 (Open Learning)
Peninsula Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jennifer Rennie (Gippsland & Peninsula)


This unit explores a range of theoretical perspectives on the learning and teaching of literacy. Students will be encouraged to research changing literacy practices, critically reflect on their own beliefs and teaching practices, and develop a robust theoretical perspective on the learning and teaching of literacy, to a diverse range of learners. The students will critically examine current literacy practices, including assessment and reporting of literacy learning, in order to develop effective methods of literacy pedagogy in their own teaching. Students' pedagogical practices will take into account the changing social futures and needs of primary school students.


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

  1. identify a range of theoretical perspectives on literacy, and critically examine these in light of their own developing perspectives;
  2. explore and develop their own literacy skills and pedagogical practices;
  3. demonstrate their understanding of a range of effective and inclusive teaching strategies for literacy in the primary classroom, including approaches to assessment and reporting, and
  4. become competent in the use of a range of ICTs in accessing relevant research literature, in accessing and developing teaching resources and strategies, and in presenting evidence of their own learning in the area of literacy.


Assessment task 1: Critique (2,000 words, 50%)
Assessment task 2: Planning assignment (2,000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jennifer Rennie


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