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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate, Postgraduate - 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.

LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2011 (Evening)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Gippsland First semester (Open Learning) 2011 (Open Learning)
Coordinator(s)Professor Peter Sullivan (On-Day, Clayton), Dr Rachel Forgasz (On-Evening, Clayton); Assoc. Prof. Jeffrey Dorman (Gippsland)


This core education unit is an introductory unit for graduate teacher education secondary students. Drawing on their learning in related units and their experience in fieldwork settings, students will develop an understanding of key elements of learning, specifically: teaching and learning; effective communication; use of ICT ; literacy and numeracy; establishing effective learning environments; student motivation; and processes of classroom management. The emphasis is on exploring the rich interconnections between theory and practice, and illustrating the power of effective theories in guiding complex practice.


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

  1. critically examine their personal beliefs, values and experiences about teaching and learning, classroom management, communication and motivation;
  2. articulate their emerging professional learning, identifying significant change moments;
  3. describe, evaluate and apply a variety of classroom management and communication strategies in educational contexts;
  4. recognise literacy and numeracy needs of students;
  5. identify and apply processes for drawing on a range of theories and principles to create effective learning opportunities for students in a range of contexts; and
  6. outline and apply processes for engaging students in their learning, especially disengaged students.


Assessment task 1: Reflective journal (2,000 words, 50%)
Assessment task 2: Research task (2,000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Peter Sullivan

Contact hours

3 hrs per week


Successful completion of 3 years of an undergraduate Education degree; OR enrolment in Grad Dip Ed (Secondary); Or by special permission