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

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedBerwick Second semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2015 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Term 3 2015 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Ms Nicole Marshall (Berwick, Peninsula); Dr Hilary Monk (City)


This unit further develops students' understanding of teaching children through periods of change and transition in their lives so they can be confident, creative and involved learners. Students research, identify and critically analyse a variety of theoretical perspectives around social, emotional and language development, and other influences that mediate and contribute to the child's sense of belonging, being and becoming between home and educational contexts. The focus of this unit is on the development of skills that facilitate processes of researching, analysing, developing and applying differing theoretical perspectives and practical strategies to support children through change and transition. By researching the traditions, routines and practices within children's contexts, students are given the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of children's learning and development in diverse and complex contexts and in collaboration with parents and other professionals.


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

  1. demonstrate an in-depth understanding of how to support children through periods of change and transition in their lives, so they can be confident, creative and involved learners
  2. demonstrate an in-depth understanding of children's social, emotional and language development as it unfolds in diverse and complex contexts
  3. develop an in-depth understanding of the complexities of children's transitions in life, including transitions between child care and preschool, preschool and school, varied educational contexts and the home
  4. demonstrate skills in researching, analysing and planning to support children to negotiate change and the process of transition
  5. research, critically analyse and develop ways of establishing and sharing information with other professionals and parents.


Transition report (2000 words, 50%)
Research project (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

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

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

  • 2 contact hours per week

(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

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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