Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedBerwick Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Penny Round


This introductory unit is about the assessment of teaching practices, environment and student learning, across the school years. An important aspect of teaching learners with diverse needs is to understand the learner well. Students will learn the practical assessment processes of gathering and interpreting information for use by learners and their teachers, to decide where the learners are in their learning, what impacts on progress, where they need to go and how best to get there. The focus of this unit will be on assessment for learning rather than assessment of learning. Assessment for learning involves issues of self-reflection and self-assessment that allows teachers to make better learning and teaching decisions but also develops learners' own understanding of how their learning is taking place and how it can be developed.


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

  1. recognise different approaches of assessment used in the inclusive classroom context across the school years (eg assessment for learning),
  2. discover various ways a teacher can determine strengths of learners with diverse needs,
  3. understand ways standardised assessments could be adapted to assess learning of learners with diverse needs, and
  4. determine how the process of assessment can enhance the inclusion and participation of learners with diverse needs, including transition periods.


Assessment Task 1: Research essay; (2000 words, 50%) & Assessment Task 2: Class presentation; (2000 word equivalent, 50%)

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Contact hours

Contact 2 hrs/week; private study 10 hrs/week