Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedBerwick First semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2012 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ian Mitchell (Clayton), Dr Nicola Johnson (Gippsland), Dr Avis Ridgway (Peninsula), Dr Sarah Hopkins (Berwick)


This unit introduces different ways of understanding learning in a range of settings and cultures. The unit will draw on concepts and ideas from sociology, philosophy and psychology. The main focus is on students in early childhood, primary and secondary schools in Australia. Students will also explore the concept of learning in 'communities of learners'. Emphasis will be placed on students relating their understanding of learning in this unit to their learning in other formal and informal learning contexts, and to the development of skills of educational inquiry and academic literacy skills. This unit incorporates days of professional or fieldwork placement in a primary school or community setting.


In the process of studying this unit students are expected to:

  1. develop an understanding of a range of critical perspectives on learning
  2. develop an awareness of the impact that diverse individual, social and cultural contextual factors have on any learning experience
  3. develop an understanding of a range of theories of learning and their continuing impacts on education and teaching
  4. explore various ideas central to learning such as constructivism; notions of ability; approaches to learning; the importance of engagement, motivation and interest; and metacognition and the implications of these for teaching
  5. reflect critically on themselves as learners and their own diverse experiences of learning and apply this understanding to other learning contexts
  6. be able to articulate their beliefs, knowledge and values central to their emerging perspectives on learning which will be central to the on-going development of their professional identity as teachers
  7. develop and apply a range of skills and knowledge in the areas of educational inquiry and academic literacy.


For course 3750 BEd(P-10): 10 days fieldwork placement in a school or community setting. For all other courses: 5 days professional placement in a primary school or community setting


Two assignments of 2,000 words or equivalent each (one written, one written/visual/ICT based), each worth 50%.

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Debbie Corrigan

Contact hours

2 hours per week


Entry to BEd program