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
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2015 (Online)


This unit consists of two modules: 1: Science and technology; and 2: Humanities and social sciences.

Module 1 examines key theoretical and pedagogical perspectives and issues in the teaching of science and technology with children, with emphasis on developing children's skills of working scientifically, designing and making products. Students are introduced to a range of appropriate curriculum documents and a variety of teaching strategies used in schools including planning lessons, implementing, monitoring learning and reporting. The module addresses important conceptual ideas and processes about embedding science and technology into classroom learning, understanding science as a human endeavour and the differences in learning progressions in science and technology.

Module 2 examines how school students can learn to understand the world through history, economics, geography and citizenship education and through cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary lenses on the world. This includes understandings of the range of cultural experiences within both Australian and global communities. Students also engage with theoretical, philosophical, pedagogical viewpoints and assessment strategies that address issues related to the themes of Indigenous Australia, environmental sustainability, and Asia and the world. The module develops understanding of how educators can embrace diversity and teach for social justice, and how events shape our societies and places within them. The module also provides the opportunity to explore different lenses for making sense of our world drawing upon students' experiences across these two modules.


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

  1. understand how students learn and develop understanding in science and technology, the humanities and social sciences
  2. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts and structure of the content and diverse teaching strategies including working scientifically, designing and making products
  3. demonstrate understanding of discipline-based and interdisciplinary learning in the humanities and social sciences
  4. plan lesson sequences in science and technology, the humanities and social sciences, using knowledge of student learning, content and effective teaching strategies and a range of resources, including information and communication technology
  5. demonstrate the capacity to monitor, assess and interpret student learning in ways that acknowledge and engage with diversity and diverse learners using a variety of assessment methods, and modify teaching practices appropriately
  6. develop understanding of democratic practice and equity in communities
  7. show sociocultural awareness and positive views of students from diverse backgrounds
  8. understand the ways in which historical, economic, geographical, political cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary knowledges shape communities and schools
  9. understand the range of cultural experiences within Australian and global communities and the ways in which many cultures have changed the nature of Australian society
  10. assess learners in ways that acknowledge and engage with diversity and diverse learners using a variety of assessment methods
  11. reflect critically on their beliefs about how teachers might contribute to social justice.


Module 1: integrated unit of work (planned, implemented and evaluated) (4000 words equivalent, 50%)
Module 2: seminar presentation (2000 words equivalent, 25%)
Curriculum research project (2000 words equivalent, 25%)

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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