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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedGippsland First semester 2010 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr David Zyngier (Peninsula) + Dr Margaret Plunkett (Gippsland)


This unit will consider the issues of how teachers can best recognize and engage with difference of learners 5 -12 years. A range of theories of development and learning and the implications for teaching practice in the primary school setting will be explored. The unit prepares pre-service teachers to critically reflect on their understanding and knowledge of learner development in the context of cultural knowledges as a basis for identifying and responding to group and individual difference and development in socially just ways.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should have acquired:

  • an understanding of learning theories and frameworks within the context of recognition and engagement with student difference and diversity;
  • principles and strategies for effective learning and teaching with specific reference to child development, values, beliefs and group identity; and
  • skills in planning and managing individual, small group and sequential learning sessions, including means of assessing and reporting what students learn.


Case Study (Equivalent to 2400 words): 60%
Seminar Paper (Equivalent to 1600 words): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr David Zyngier

Contact hours

3 hours per week