Learners, Teachers and Pedagogy (Prim)

Subject EDUC90365 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 06-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 14-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 13-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Admission to the Master of Teaching (Primary)

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Dr Natasha Ziebell



Subject Overview:

This subject will provide a general conceptual framework for understanding learning, teaching, assessment and curriculum in primary school. It will analyse the knowledge enhancement process from a range of evidence-based, theoretical and socio-cultural perspectives. Developmental trends in knowledge acquisition and the processes that facilitate it will be identified and evaluated. These include brain development, cognitive transformation, self-regulation, motivation, and knowledge storage and retrieval.

Pedagogical approaches and conceptualisations of curriculum for fostering knowledge enhancement and effective learning will be developed. The strategic role of the teacher in optimising student learning and managing the classroom climate and building relationships will be investigated. This will include strategies and various approaches for activating and assessing learning in ways that are developmentally and contextually relevant and that build on the diverse backgrounds and experiences of students and the learning community.

There will be strong emphasis on links with primary schools and critical reflection as a paradigm for teacher self-evaluation and professional learning.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject teacher candidates will be able to:

  • Articulate how learning occurs and the key roles of processes such as cognitive transformation, motivation self-regulation and social influences on knowledge enhancement
  • Describe developmental trends in knowledge acquisition from a range of relevant perspectives
  • Explicate links between pedagogy, curriculum, assessment and learning
  • Describe key characteristics of learning environments that engage students emotionally, socially, physically and cognitively
  • Describe key characteristics of curriculum and pedagogy that are developmentally and contextually relevant and build on diverse backgrounds and experiences of students
  • Evaluate and critique teaching practice and curriculum implementation from relevant research validated perspectives
  • Reflect critically on their own learning and teaching and identify implications for their own professional growth.

There are 2 assessment tasks:

  • Team ‘knowledge enhancement’ task (2400 words), due late semester, 60%
  • Examination (1600 word equivalent), end of semeste, 40%

This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at all tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Prescribed Texts:

Woolfolk, A., & Margetts, K. (2016). Educational Psychology (4thed.). Melbourne: Pearson.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, teacher candidates will have the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to:

  • Discuss the intellectual, social, cultural and psychological aspects of their work as teachers and synthesise theory and practice;
  • Make recommendations for improving the quality and characteristics of student learning including stimulating and sustaining motivation and self-regulation
  • Design and implement learning experiences that create a balance between the acquisition of essential knowledge and skills, and the search for meaning and understanding
  • Participate actively and positively in a learning community
  • Evaluate and use constructive criticism of their work and the work of colleagues

Links to further information: https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/view/current/MC-TEACHPR
Related Course(s): Master of Teaching (Primary)

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