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
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Dr Angela Fitzgerald


This unit will require students to critically engage with theories and practices associated with pedagogies used in secondary schooling and how these may differ from the primary setting. In particular, students will be supported in the development of their understandings of the learning demands associated with their chosen disciplinary field(s) and in the examination of the levels of pedagogical sophistication that are required to teach within their area(s) in a secondary school setting. This unit will enable students to draw upon the content and pedagogical knowledge that they have developed over their participation in this course to work towards the development of pedagogical content knowledge that will be appropriate for their chosen disciplinary field. Students will be required to draw upon both their classroom experiences and the research literature as they actively participate in the construction of relevant pedagogical content knowledge.


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

  1. recognise the learning demands that exist within their chosen disciplinary field(s) in a secondary school setting,
  2. show an understanding of different pedagogies required in teaching their chosen disciplinary field(s) across the secondary school years,
  3. extend their repertoire of teaching skills and strategies that promote purposeful, meaningful, engaging, innovative, creative, intellectually challenging, and authentic learning in their chosen disciplinary field(s), and
  4. integrate their content and pedagogical knowledge as they work towards the development of pedagogical content knowledge relevant for their chosen disciplinary field(s).


Assessment Task 1: Portfolio; (2000 words or equivalent, 50%) & Assessment Task 2: Research project; (2000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

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