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 Scott Bulfin


The unit provides students with an understanding of how to engage with young and adolescent learners across discipline areas through their literacy and numeracy practices, in and out of school. By linking theory and practice, the unit offers a sociocultural perspective on language, literacy and numeracy as social, cultural, political and technological practices that develop in multiple contexts, both in and out of schools and classrooms, and play key roles in mediating learners' identities, relationships and understandings of the world.


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

  1. recognise the centrality of language and literacy in mediating learning in and out of school and the importance of ties between home and school practices
  2. develop an understanding of literacy and numeracy as social practices, and become aware of relationships between identity and learning
  3. develop an understanding of the relationship between language and identity
  4. be familiar with a range of theories that reconceptualise traditional understandings of school and out-of-school literacy and numeracy and their social, cultural, political and pedagogical implications
  5. be able to analyse the literacy and numeracy practices in classrooms, schools and out-of-school settings
  6. be sensitive to sociocultural diversity in school communities and begin developing a professional capacity to recognise, respond and teach to difference
  7. be familiar with a range of policy and curriculum initiatives and their pedagogical implications.


Critical narrative (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)
Academic essay (2000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • 2 hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • 10 hours of independent study per week

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