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 Second semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2012 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Geoff White (Berwick), Ms Rebecca Cooper (Clayton), Dr Nicola Johnson (Gippsland), Ms Linda Henderson (Peninsula),


This unit focuses on the centrality of language and communication to all teaching and learning. It involves a critical examination of relationships and modes of communication within classrooms and other learning environments. Unit learning and assessment tasks will require students to reflect on and analyse their broader beliefs about teaching and learning, and the role of language and communication, and to extend their thinking about these aspects beyond school settings to learning within the community. This unit incorporates days of professional or fieldwork placement in a non-school, community setting.


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

  1. understand the role of language and communication in teaching and in formal and informal learning environments
  2. develop an awareness of teaching and learning as complex dialogic, communicative fields
  3. understand the role of language and communication in generating thought and new ideas and knowledge through questioning and dialogue
  4. learn how to build positive learning environments and relationships through effective communication and dialogue
  5. understand the implications for learners, teachers, schools and the broader community, of changing communication practices in schools and in the community
  6. learn about new communication technologies and their impact on social and cultural interactions
  7. develop a range of effective communication skills and practices.


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 written assignments of 2,000 words (total 4,000 words), each worth 50%.

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Debbie Corrigan (Clayton)

Contact hours

2 hours per week


Usually EDF1303