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
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Gippsland Second semester (Open Learning) 2012 (Open Learning)
Coordinator(s)Dr Trent Brown (on-campus, Clayton & Open-Learn, Gippsland)


This curriculum specialism unit prepares students to teach school physical education from Years 7-12. The unit will provide historical, philosophical and pedagogical foundations of physical education which will be examined through critically reflective inquiry of contemporary perspectives and paradigms of practice. Issues relevant to physical education such as embodied learning, teachers and teaching (e.g. fieldwork practice) and local and global curriculum (e.g. VELS, VCE) will be examined. This unit requires students to undertake a supervised teaching fieldwork placement.


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

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the philosophy, history and contemporary status of school physical education;
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the VCE Physical Education and physical education within VELS (Victorian Essential Learning Standards);
  3. develop, design and plan curricula, units and lesson plans developmentally appropriate for Years 7-10 (VELS)/Years 11-12 (VCE);
  4. examine and critically reflect on local and global physical education curriculum documents, eg Victorian Essential Learning Standards, New Zealand HPE, British NCPE;
  5. appreciate the complex interrelationships between school physical education, school/community sport, physical activity and movement and how these contribute to the development of healthy/educated lifestyles;
  6. examine the range of unique contemporary issues facing physical education and teachers of physical education;
  7. develop an insight into the importance of professional development in a changing society;
  8. critically reflect upon their teaching practices in Physical Education in a school environment.


This unit is graded Pass Grade Only (PGO);
Assessment task 1 (2,000 words; 50%); Assessment task 2 (2,000 words; 50%).
Hurdle requirement: A minimum attendance requirement for classes of 80% for On-campus students.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Trent Brown

Contact hours

3 hrs per week


One and a half years of study in appropriate Physical Education discipline and skill areas, EDF4114 Health, outdoor and physical education or EDF5484


Students must be enrolled simultaneously in a professional experience unit(s).


EDF5485 Physical education B