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
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2015 (Flexible)
Singapore Term 3 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Dr Janet Scull (Clayton, day); Mrs Marian Nicolazzo (Clayton, flexible)


This unit explores early literacy and numeracy as core life skills within the context of a broad range of cultural knowledges. The unit investigates a range of modes of communication (multiliteracies) to tease out the knowledge processes of experiencing, conceptualising, analysing and applying knowledge. This includes reference to music, movement, dance, storytelling, visual arts, media and drama, as well as talking, viewing, reading and writing as multiple literacy forms. The unit also covers early numeracy concepts, numbers, mathematical thinking, reasoning, measurement, patterns, spatial awareness, problem solving, collection and analysis of data and how these link to the demands of learning at school, work, home and community. Students understand how to build children's communicative intentions, confidence and capacity. They apply approaches to expand children's literacy and numeracy concepts to enable creative and critical interactions across a range of modes and digital settings.


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

  1. develop in-depth understanding of the nature of early literacy and numeracy development in context of everyday life across families and cultures
  2. apply discipline knowledge and competency in literacy and numeracy to the education of young children
  3. understand teaching of the elements of numeracy and literacy across all curriculum areas including the creative arts
  4. use understandings of cross-cultural knowledge of mathematical and literacy development for designing effective pedagogies and programs for literacy and numeracy learning
  5. build the capacity to lead literacy and numeracy learning and support children in their efforts to expand standards of literacy and numeracy
  6. apply effective literacy and/or numeracy practices in a context of relevance.


1. Analysis and critique of current literature to develop structures and processes for teaching literacy and numeracy (4000 words equivalent, 50%)
2. Select either A or B
A: Research paper on literacy/numeracy (4000 words equivalent, 50%)
B: Professional learning (4000 words equivalent, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

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

  • 36 contact hours over the semester comprising 24 hours of face-to-face seminars and 12 hours equivalent of online tutorials

(b.) Contact hours for flexible students:

  • 12 contact hours and 24 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester or 36 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester

(c.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • independent study to meet the minimum required hours per semester

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