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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Dr Thanh Pham (Berwick); Dr Maria Gindidis (Clayton); Dr Marc Pruyn (Peninsula)



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit builds on the focus on learning and educational inquiry skills in EDF1303 Learning and educational inquiry 1 and introduces contemporary approaches to teaching and ways to investigate such approaches. It encourages students to explore and examine teaching relationships including modes of communication, teaching models and strategies, and the management or organisation of learning situations. From the perspective of broader educational settings (school, community, early childhood settings, home) learning and assessment tasks require students to analyse and reflect on teaching and learning processes within diverse educational contexts and consider the implications of the Australian curriculum on effective teaching and learning.


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

  1. develop an understanding of contemporary approaches to teaching and their impact on learning
  2. reflect on the role of communication, teaching strategies and the management and organisation of learning situations in promoting positive learning and teaching relationships
  3. develop an awareness of the impact that diverse individual, social and cultural contextual factors have on teaching and learning
  4. begin to understand the role of the teacher in exploring aspects of teaching and learning in a range of settings.


Exploring and interpreting curriculum (1600 words or equivalent, 40%)
Critiquing teaching and learning (2400 words or equivalent, 60%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

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

  • 1-hour lecture per week
  • 2-hour tutorial per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

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

See also Unit timetable information

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