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
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2014 (Day)
Peninsula Term 2 2014 (Off-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Dr Corine Rivalland (City); Dr Hilary Monk (Peninsula)


This unit will introduce students to a range of ways to identify, investigate and make professional judgments about children's learning and development in early childhood settings, including homes, schools, and early childhood services. An emphasis on assessment for learning (rather than assessment of learning) will be taken. Students will participate in a range of assessment activities, using a variety of digital and other tools. Students will learn how to communicate with families about children's learning and development and how to involve children in making judgments about their own learning and their learning goals.


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

  1. systematically observe and document learning episodes using a range of technologies
  2. make explicit links between observed behaviours and children's development of specific knowledge, skills, attitudes, and learning dispositions
  3. express assessment information in a way that is accessible to children and their families
  4. involve children in reflecting on their learning and identifying their own learning goals
  5. reflect critically on contemporary assessment discourse in schools and early childhood services.


Portfolio item demonstrating an assessment technique (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)
Portfolio item demonstrating reporting to children and/or parents (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • 3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • 9 hours of independent study per week including readings, completion of set tasks and self-directed learning