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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

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




Dr Jane Kirkby



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit requires students to critically engage with theories and practices associated with pedagogies used in secondary schooling and how these may differ from the primary setting. In particular, students are supported in the development of their understandings of the learning demands associated with their chosen disciplinary field(s) and in the examination of the levels of pedagogical sophistication that are required to teach within their area(s) in a secondary school setting. This unit enables students to draw upon the content and pedagogical knowledge they have developed over their participation in this course to work towards the development of pedagogical content knowledge that is appropriate for their chosen disciplinary field. Students are required to draw upon both their classroom experiences and the research literature as they actively participate in the construction of relevant pedagogical content knowledge.


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

  1. recognise the learning demands that exist within their chosen disciplinary field(s) in a secondary school setting
  2. show an understanding of different pedagogies required in teaching their chosen disciplinary field(s) across the secondary school years
  3. extend their repertoire of teaching skills and strategies that promote purposeful, meaningful, engaging, innovative, creative, intellectually challenging and authentic learning in their chosen disciplinary field(s)
  4. integrate their content and pedagogical knowledge as they work towards the development of pedagogical content knowledge relevant for their chosen disciplinary field(s).


Research project (2000 words, 50%)
Portfolio (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

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

  • 2 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • 10 hours of independent study per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)