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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Dr Karen Lambert



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit explores how educators come to understand and appreciate the complex connections across the many sub-fields of health and physical education (HPE) and more broadly across educational priority areas. Students investigate key priorities in secondary education connected to the Australian Curriculum and the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers to understand the requirements for their professional practice. In particular, the unit explores the cross-curriculum priorities of Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures, and education for sustainability. The unit contextualises these within an HPE context and, drawing on interdisciplinary knowledge developed in the first year, students explore exemplars of policies and practice and continue to build knowledge of varied approaches to HPE in the school and community. Students further develop understanding of the critical areas of literacy, numeracy and the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and how they can be included in teaching and learning in schools. Through combining theory and practice across discipline areas, students begin to enhance their understanding of the wider educational settings, cross-curricular priorities and associated teaching and learning strategies.


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

  1. use increasingly advanced skills, knowledge and capabilities in planning for teaching and learning across discipline areas within HPE
  2. build professional knowledge of how to implement key priorities in secondary education
  3. demonstrate the ability to implement key priorities in secondary education
  4. show understanding of how relevant policies and theories connect to their pedagogical practice
  5. know and understand literacy and numeracy teaching strategies and the use of ICT for teaching and learning.


Case-study responses (2400 words, 60%)
Planning, practice and reflection task (1600 words equivalent, 40%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

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

  • workshops: 24 hours over the semester

(b.) Additional requirements:

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

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