Faculty of Education

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedNot offered in 2013


This unit explores the role of practical and experiential learning in secondary education as a pedagogic intervention and strategy that engages students in learning through practical pedagogies. It draws upon ideas and practices associated with crafts and craft knowledge and skill in ways that provide a basis for teachers to work with students to build and extend student engagements in school learning. Schooling experiences often involve making things, putting things together, organising ideas and developing capabilities to support student thinking and taking decisive action. Students as pre-service teachers are provided with the knowledge and capacities to understand and implement practical education and learning experiences to secondary students. The unit is organised around the three core threshold concepts of making as thinking, doing as learning and knowing through practice.


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

  • design and implement school learning experiences that involve making things as a key strategy for engaging students in learning
  • plan learning and assessment options that develop student practical skills and abilities
  • identify the appropriate practical learning experiences that stimulate and reinforce productive engagement in schooling.


Task 1: Essay (2000 words): 50% ; and Task 2: Practical Learning Project (2000 words): 50%

Contact hours

2 hours per week with a further minimum 10 hours of self-directed study per week