Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - 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)
Gippsland Second semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Peninsula Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jane Kirkby (Berwick); Ms Wendy Goff (Gippsland); Dr Jennifer Rennie (Peninsula)


This unit is Part B of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with Part A (EDF5711).


This unit is the second of two units that focus on the role and nature of literacy education in schools and aims to extend a critical understanding of the inter-relationships of policy initiatives and directives with educational practices in schools and the community. Students continue to explore the importance of making between home, community and school literacy practices, within the context of a socially and culturally diverse world influenced by technological change, international testing of literacy, the international rights of children, and published policies of global entities (OECD, UNESCO). With a particular focus on the middle and upper primary years the unit explores effective pedagogies to enhance children's oral language, reading, writing and visual literacies taking into account issues related to information and communication technology.


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

  1. identify and critically examine a range of theoretical perspectives on literacies, and English and literacy learning
  2. explore and develop students' own English and literacy skills and pedagogical practices
  3. assess, plan and implement effective and inclusive English and literacy learning experiences for middle and upper primary learners which reflect the complex nature of English and literacy teaching and learning in an increasingly diverse social and cultural world influenced by technological and social change
  4. develop knowledge and understanding of effective ways to plan, teach and assess learning experiences to develop children's reading, writing and oral language in the middle and upper primary years
  5. become competent in their personal literacies, including a range of information and communication technologies.


Assessment task 1: Digital Resource (2000 words equivalent, 50%)
Assessment task 2: Planning Task (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Equivalent to an average of 2 hours per week plus approximately 10 hours of self-directed study per week


EDF5711 English, literacies and policy contexts