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

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

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedBerwick First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2015 (Online)
Peninsula First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Online)
Berwick Full year 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Dr Thanh Pham (Berwick - online); Dr Stephen Keast (Clayton, day and online); Dr Judy Williams (Peninsula)


This unit focuses on education as a scholarly discipline and teaching as a profession. Students apply evidence-based processes, which enable their ongoing professional learning and their transition from pre-service teacher to teacher and teacher-researcher. Students consider the nature of teachers' work, including ethical, professional, industrial, legal, emotional, intellectual and physical dimensions. They develop a sense of their emerging professional identities and engage in evidence-based articulations of their beliefs, values, and commitments as beginning teachers. A range of research methodologies are introduced and teacher professional standards are critically examined.


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

  1. engage critically with the social, political and cultural contexts of teaching as a profession, including policies and standards
  2. recognise and respond to the range and depth of teachers' work (including ethical, professional, industrial, legal, emotional, intellectual and physical dimensions)
  3. articulate their beliefs, values, commitments, and identities as professional educators, and demonstrate these through documented evidence
  4. cultivate collaborative approaches to teaching, learning and reflective practice
  5. engage in deep, authentic and critical reflection about their work and responsibilities as professional educators (including planning for learning, engaging students in their learning and effective classroom management)
  6. understand the ways in which ongoing professional learning and teacher research enable professional educators to respond to the challenges and pressures facing the profession.


Group presentation response (2400 words equivalent, 30%)
Critical reflection (2400 words equivalent, 30%)
Personal teaching positioning statement and professional portfolio contributions (3200 words equivalent, 40%)

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

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

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)