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
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Angela Mornane


This unit builds on students' initial education studies in this course to develop and practise their knowledge and skills in building positive and productive classroom environments. One focus is understanding the professional responsibilities teachers have with respect to developing their practice and building and sustaining educational relationships with students, professional colleagues, administration, parents and members of the community in diverse educational settings. Another focus is developing and applying the practical teaching knowledge and skills that students are acquiring in university settings and on teaching practicums. Unit learning and assessment tasks will require students to engage with contemporary issues in classrooms, to develop a critical position on these issues, and to consider the practical applications of this position in their teaching practice now and into the future.


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

  1. develop a repertoire of teaching skills and strategies that promote purposeful, meaningful, engaging, innovative, creative, intellectually challenging, and authentic learning
  2. learn how to create positive and productive classroom environments which respond to individual needs, issues and dynamics within the classroom
  3. develop effective teaching skills such as planning and organisation; monitoring and assessing learning; meeting diverse student learning needs; effective classroom management; and developing collaborative, integrated and negotiated curriculum
  4. develop a range of specific teaching and learning skills such as reflection, problem solving, negotiation, risk-taking, innovation, and creativity
  5. learn how to work effectively with peers, students, parents, school authorities and with other educational professionals
  6. explore some of the broader roles of teachers in the life of a school such as meetings, professional development, policy formulation, parent-teacher meetings, extra-curricular activities and community-based activities
  7. develop an awareness of teachers' professional responsibilities, ethics and relationships and the changing nature of the role of teachers and schooling.


For students who commenced the course prior to 2014: 5 days


Individual assignment (2000 words equivalent, 60%)
Group presentation (2000 words, 40%)

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


Course commenced prior to 2014:
Usually EDF1303, EDF1304 and EDF2004
Course commenced in or after 2014:
EDF1303, EDF1304