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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedGippsland First semester 2011 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2011 (Day)
Peninsula Term 3 2011 (Off-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Dr Tasos Barkatsas (Gippsland); Ms Jill Cheeseman (Peninsula); Dr Glenn Auld (T3, City BECS)


This unit focuses on the range of ways young children encounter and use symbol systems from exploring their diverse everyday worlds. It introduces conceptual frameworks for understanding and critiquing the processes of how children learn about symbolic representation and communication from infancy through to the early years of school. Students will critically engage with current research, practice and policy in literacy and numeracy in multiple contexts. They will begin to develop pedagogical tools that will enable them to successfully support children's learning in literacy and numeracy.


By the conclusion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of key curriculum principles relating to literacy and numeracy for young children.
  2. Understand the connections between home and community literacies and numeracies with teaching and learning in other learning contexts.
  3. Reflect on their personal professional learning during professional placement and implement teaching and learning strategies based on their learning; and
  4. Implement classroom strategies that link mathematics to practical applications, particularly in relation to measurement and space.
  5. Understand the importance of inclusive practices in relation to the teaching and learning of literacy and numeracy.


Course 1514 - 10 days Gippsland and Peninsula; Double degrees, Courses 1541, 3725, 3717, 3711, 2070, 3712 - 10 days; Course 1515 (Peninsula - 5 days)


Assessment task 1: Critique (2,000 words or equivalent, 50%)
Assessment task 2: Successful completion of placement and allied documentation (2,000 words or equivalent, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Jill Cheeseman

Contact hours

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