Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedBerwick Second semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2014 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Niranjan Casinader (Berwick); Ms Carly Sawatzki (Clayton); Dr Marc Pruyn (Peninsula)


This unit builds on the focus on learning and education inquiry skills in EDF1303 Learning and educational inquiry 1 and introduces contemporary approaches to teaching and ways to investigate such approaches. It involves an examination of teaching relationships which includes modes of communication, teaching models and strategies and the management or organisation of learning situations. Again, from the perspective of broader educational settings (school, community, home) learning and assessment tasks will require students to analyse and reflect on an educational issue and consider the perspectives presented in the unit when analysing a teaching situation. This unit will utilise students' experiences in educational settings.


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

  1. develop an understanding of contemporary approaches to teaching and their impact on education broadly
  2. understand the role of communication, teaching strategies and the management and organisation of learning situations in promoting positive learning and teaching relationships
  3. develop an awareness of the impact that diverse individual, social and cultural contextual factors have on any teaching experiences
  4. begin to understand the role of educational inquiry in exploring aspects of teaching in a range of settings including in an academic setting.


Paired written essay on analysis of an educational topic and its associated issues (1600 words or equivalent, 40%)
Individual written essay on analysing teaching (2400 words or equivalent, 60%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • 10 hours of independent study per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study