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
OfferedNot offered in 2014


This unit examines a range of curriculum theories and uses this knowledge as a framework for exploring the work that teachers do to develop responsive curriculum and innovative practice. Through an examination of a range of innovative practices that engage diverse student populations, the unit explores the ways in which teachers in schools transform centralised curriculum documents and bring curriculum 'to life'. In association with this exploration, they investigate a range of issues including: maximising student motivation in schools, engagement through curriculum development and innovative practice, developing community-based curriculums and practices, and teachers seeing themselves as 'curriculum workers' and the implication of this for their professional identity. Students draw on their emerging understandings of curriculum policies, issues and innovation to develop practices that are inclusive, exciting and educational.


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

  1. describe, evaluate and compare different theoretical and practical approaches to developing curriculum, including both traditional and innovative practices
  2. examine contemporary curriculum issues and explore exemplars of innovative practice by teachers in response to these issues
  3. articulate the connections between robust curriculum development and innovative practice
  4. analyse key policies and documents relating to curriculum, including those associated with the Australian CurriculumAustralian Curriculum (http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/), and show how they promote or constrain innovative practice
  5. appreciate the importance of teachers as curriculum workers and explain how this is related to their professional identity
  6. develop curricula and practices that are educational, innovative, inclusive of difference and aligned with national and state curriculum policies and frameworks.


Research essay (2000 words, 50%)
Curriculum construction task (2000 words equivalent per student, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload is 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • 2 hours per week (in non-placement weeks) of lectures/tutorials/workshops

(c.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • independent study to make up the required minimum hours during the semester

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


Successful completion of at least 24 credit points of education units.