Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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
OfferedSingapore Term 1 2015 (Online)


This unit focuses on the range of ways young children encounter and use symbol systems from exploring their diverse everyday worlds. It introduces conceptual frameworks for understanding and critiquing the processes of how children learn about symbolic representation and communication from infancy through to the early years of school. Students critically engage with current research, practice and policy in literacy and numeracy in multiple contexts. They begin to develop pedagogical tools to enable them to successfully support children's learning in literacy and numeracy.


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

  1. demonstrate understanding of key curriculum principles relating to literacy and numeracy for young children
  2. understand the connections between home and community literacies and numeracies with teaching and learning in other learning contexts
  3. reflect on their personal professional learning during professional placement and implement teaching and learning strategies based on their learning
  4. implement classroom strategies that link mathematics to practical applications, particularly in relation to measurement and space
  5. understand the importance of inclusive practices in relation to the teaching and learning of literacy and numeracy.


Scenario task: analysis of teaching and learning of everyday events in literacy and numeracy content (1600 words equivalent, 40%)
Formal setting: formal assessment of the literacy and numeracy teaching and learning of a child (2400 words equivalent, 60%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester/term comprising:

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

  • 24 contact hours over the semester/term

(b.) Requirements for offshore Kaplan based students:

  • one intensive block comprising two week nights and weekend days, normally from Thursday to Sunday
  • at least four hours of online study per term

(c.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

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