Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - 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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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedGippsland First semester 2012 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2012 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester (Open Learning) 2012 (Open Learning)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jennifer Rennie (Peninsula); Ms Wendy Goff (Gippsland)


This unit explores a range of theoretical perspectives on the learning and teaching of literacy. Students will be encouraged to research changing literacy practices, critically reflect on their own beliefs and teaching practices, and develop a robust theoretical perspective on the learning and teaching of literacy, to a diverse range of learners. The students will critically examine current literacy practices, including assessment and reporting of literacy learning, in order to develop effective methods of literacy pedagogy in their own teaching. Students' pedagogical practices will take into account the changing social futures and needs of primary school students.


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

  1. identify a range of theoretical perspectives on literacy, and critically examine these in light of their own developing perspectives;
  2. explore and develop their own literacy skills and pedagogical practices;
  3. demonstrate their understanding of a range of effective and inclusive teaching strategies for literacy in the primary classroom, including approaches to assessment and reporting, and
  4. become competent in the use of a range of ICTs in accessing relevant research literature, in accessing and developing teaching resources and strategies, and in presenting evidence of their own learning in the area of literacy.


Assessment task 1: Critique (2,000 words, 50%)
Assessment task 2: Planning assignment (2,000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jennifer Rennie


EDF4102 EDF1203