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
OfferedNot offered in 2015


This unit prepares students to teach school physical education from Years 7 to 12. The unit continues to build students' understanding of the historical, philosophical and experiential foundations of physical education and how these have shaped and continue to shape contemporary perspectives, paradigms of practice and student learning in movement culture. Students learn how teachers plan for teaching and learning in physical education and undertake educational projects and research as part of their professional work. They develop the competencies and skills to be capable and engaging physical education teachers of local (AusVELS), national and international curriculum and to enact this in practice. Through critically reflective inquiry, students draw on their identities and experiences enabling them to develop and refine their personal beliefs and attitudes about the teaching of physical education. Students also develop understanding of assessment, its moderation and interpretation, and how to use varied assessment strategies in classrooms.


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

  1. demonstrate further understanding of the historical, philosophical and experiential foundations of physical education
  2. utilise a range of resources, teaching/learning activities and assessment practices which support student learning and engagement
  3. plan, develop and implement lessons, units of work and curriculum that are developmentally appropriate for all learners
  4. understand a range of assessment strategies, how assessment is moderated and how it can be used to modify teaching practice or for reporting
  5. plan for and undertake educational projects or research relevant to their work as professional teachers
  6. understand the importance of professional learning and engagement in a changing society
  7. critically reflect on and evaluate their teaching experiences in physical education in a school environment.


Negotiated tasks: Establishing defensible personal philosophies, beliefs and approaches to teaching (1600 words equivalent, 40%)
Professional experience portfolio of physical education teaching, learning and assessment tasks (2400 words equivalent, 60%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

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

  • 3-hour workshop per week for 8 weeks

(b.) Additional requirements:

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

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