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 First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Lilly Yazdanpanah


This unit will briefly examine the concept of life unit learning and the societal trends that have drawn attention to adult learning. It will introduce students to the core body of theories and practices traditionally associated with adult learning. Concepts of leadership and facilitation of adult learning will be explored. The role of the adult educator will be theorised with reference to responsibilities and values and their relationship to educational practice.


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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the broad traditions and philosophical approaches in adult education
  2. situate key terms used in adult education including andragogy, self-directed learning and facilitation
  3. highlight perspectives and debates on the value of terms such as andragogy, self-directed learning and facilitation
  4. reflect on the role of the adult educator and their own teaching practice as educational leaders.


Annotated bibliography (3000 words, 75%)
Critical commentary (1000 words, 25%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

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

  • 18 contact hours and 6 hours of online activity per semester

(b.) Additional requirements

  • 10 hours of independent study per week

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