Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2013 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 2013 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2013 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Carly Sawatzki (Clayton), Dr Nicola Johnson (Gippsland), Dr Avis Ridgway (Peninsula), Dr Sarah Hopkins (Berwick)


This unit introduces contemporary learning theories that will enable students to reflect on their own learning experiences in order to understand how others learn. From the perspective of broader educational settings (school, community, home), the important questions of what learning is, how and why learning occurs, what quality learning might be, and what influences learning, are discussed and reflected upon. Through examination of different theoretical perspectives and contexts, this unit focuses on building an understanding of what can influence learning and offers skill building in academic learning. Ideas closely associated with learning, including motivation, engagement and ability are also considered. The unit encourages students to begin constructing deep knowledge about the relationship between learning and educational inquiry.


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

  1. develop an understanding of a range of theories of learning, ability and engagement, and their continuing impacts on education
  2. reflect on themselves as learners and their own diverse experiences of learning and apply this understanding to other contexts
  3. develop an awareness of the impact that diverse individual, social and cultural contextual factors have on any learning experiences
  4. begin to understand the role of educational inquiry in exploring aspects of learning in a range of settings including in an academic setting.


For courses 3750 BEd(P-10) and 4209 BEd(SpecEd): 10 days fieldwork placement in a school, educational or community setting taken in unit EDF1101 Fieldwork experience 1A. For all other courses: 5 days professional placement in a school or educational setting


Written assignment (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)
Information and communication technologies (ICT) based assignment (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:
(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:
2 contact hours per week
(b.) Additional requirements:
10 hours of independent study per week


Enrolment in a Faculty of Education course or the Diploma of Tertiary Studies


EDF1301 Perspectives on learning