Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - 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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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedBerwick First semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Dr Helen Grimmett (Berwick); Dr Clare Hall (Peninsula)


This units consists of two modules: 1: Creativity and the arts; and 2: Physical education, health, wellbeing and sustainable environments. Both modules address issues related to information and communication technologies, sustainability, inclusion and diversity in teaching through experiential tasks.

Module 1 explores a range of pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning in the arts, and critically examines current theoretical perspectives in the arts and arts education research. Students develop their competencies and involvement in a range of art forms, such as visual art, music, dance, drama, media and literature, and in doing so gain an understanding of the content, processes and skills as they relate to children's development and learning in the arts. The module involves planning and implementation of a range of arts learning experiences for children, including a focus on integrating the arts across the curriculum. A focal point of the unit is on nurturing student creativity and critical thinking skills and developing their self-efficacy as teachers of the arts.

Module 2 examines the health and wellbeing of people, places and communities locally and globally and critically examines theoretical perspectives related to health and wellbeing. Students explore a range of pedagogical and theoretical approaches to teaching and learning in health, physical and environmental education with the express purpose of providing for the wellbeing of both teachers and learners in a variety of educational and community settings. The module focuses on the content, processes and skills of health and wellbeing, physical education and environmental sustainability using cross-disciplinary approaches, and develops students' competency and confidence in providing developmentally appropriate and fundamental movement activities leading to physical education and health promotion in outdoor and indoor learning environments. The module also provides the opportunity to explore different lenses for making sense of our world and expressing differing viewpoints drawing upon students' experiences across these two modules.


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

  1. demonstrate a critical understanding of recent trends and curriculum in arts education and physical education, health and wellbeing across educational environments both within Australia and internationally
  2. plan and implement learning experiences that focus on the arts, and on movement, environment and community in outdoor and indoor settings, and which cater for children of diverse backgrounds and abilities and draw on a range of effective and inclusive teaching strategies
  3. develop units of work that include a focus on integrating the arts across the curriculum including connections between the arts, literacies and information and communication technologies
  4. explore and develop their own arts skills and pedagogical practices in the arts,
  5. explore and develop their own strategies for health and wellbeing for their future in the teaching profession
  6. identify, evaluate and interpret a range of relevant curriculum documents and resources for teaching the arts, and health and wellbeing
  7. apply a variety of assessment approaches including observation, creation of and participation in collaborative project
  8. identify and work with the concept of 'community' and community-based resources for the development of educational sustainability.


Module 1: collaborative arts education project (4000 words equivalent, 50%)
Module 2: curriculum development and evaluation task (4000 words equivalent, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 24 hours per week comprising:

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

  • 3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • 21 hours of independent study per week

See also Unit timetable information

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