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
OfferedBerwick First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Penny Round


This unit focuses on how to create positive classroom and school environments that engage all learners, including those with diverse needs. Students learn how learner behaviour, teacher behaviour, the curriculum and teaching strategies interact and can influence each other. Students explore the value of using evidence-based practices in creating engaging classroom environments for all learners. A key focus is learning some of the fundamental research based strategies that can be used in creating engaging classrooms for all learners, including those with diverse needs. The need to collaborate with colleagues and parents in creating engaging classrooms for all is also discussed.


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

  1. identify factors necessary for creating engaging classrooms for all learners, including those with diverse needs
  2. critically examine significant research that can be used by educators to create engaging classroom environments
  3. learn about theories and strategies that can be used to create engaging classrooms for all
  4. understand the need to collaborate with parents and other stakeholders in creating engaging classrooms.


Research essay (2000 words, 50%)
Classroom engagement plan (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

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

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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