EDF5040 - Lifelong and workplace learning - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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




Dr Anne Keary (Berwick)

Dr Damon Anderson (Clayton)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


  • First semester 2017 (Day)


Lifelong and workplace learning situates formal learning within a broader social learning context. This unit aims to make compelling connections between formal and other learning environments, in workplaces and communities, and considers the transitions young people make beyond schooling. Students investigate the learning and employment futures of young people and the nature of their learning transitions. The role of lifelong learning as a key attribute of wellbeing, creativity and employability is examined, as these dimensions are articulated in policy, fostered and practised in schools. Students engage with and recognise the implications of lifelong learning and its relationship to employability and enhanced workplace prospects for young people. They consider the limitations inherent in this relationship and discover ways in schools, and teaching and learning in particular, which may effectively respond to it.


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

  1. understand and compare the lifelong and workplace learning policy agenda in Australia and in global contexts
  2. understand key long-term and recent trends in the labour force in relation to young people
  3. articulate key trends in young people's learning, work, participation and wellbeing
  4. explore the relationship between learning and employment prospects for young people
  5. explore the changing nature of youth transitions, including the problematic nature of school to work transitions in a broader social context
  6. identify implications for teaching and learning approaches with young people in light of their particular needs and backgrounds.


Annotated bibliography: key trends in young peoples' learning, work, participation and wellbeing (2000 words, 50%)

Program design: creative education program that addresses the relationship between lifelong learning and employment prospects and develops a theme addressed in the annotated bibliography (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • equivalent to 24 hours engagement in online, face-to-face or blended platforms
  2. Contact hours for off-campus students:
    • equivalent to 24 hours engagement in online or blended platforms
  3. Additional requirements (all students)
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per semester

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