Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2013 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Nerissa Albon (Gippsland); Professor Marilyn Fleer (Peninsula)


In this unit students will be introduced to a range of different theoretical perspectives related to children's learning and development, including developmental, sociocultural, post-structural and post-modern theories. These theoretical lenses will be used to examine images of childhood as they are constructed in relation to time, space and place, with a particular emphasis on cultural constructions including indigeneity. Students will examine learning that occurs in a range of contexts including the classroom, the home, other informal settings and the wider community, and the attendant implications this has for students from indigenous backgrounds. Students will be presented with opportunities to describe, critique and utilise these theories during their professional placement.


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

  1. develop an understanding of different theories of children's learning and development;
  2. use theories to investigate practices across time, culture, space and places;
  3. develop techniques to assist in observing children and their learning;
  4. reflect on their personal professional learning during professional placement; and
  5. recognise and apply their understanding of children's learning in an educational setting.


5 days placement


Assessment 1: Successful completion of placement: 5 days (1,600 words or equivalent, 40%)
Assessment 2: Collection of observations (2,400 words, 60%)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

3 contact hours per week, 9 hours private study including readings, completion of set tasks and self-directed learning.