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EDF4005 - Productive classrooms

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Faculty of Education

Leader(s): Professor P Sullivan (On-campus, Clayton); Dr A Ryan (On-campus, Gippsland) & Ms C Charles (Off-campus, Gippsland)


Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2009 (Evening)
Gippsland First semester 2009 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2009 (Off-campus)
Gippsland First semester (Open Learning) 2009 (Open Learning)


This core education unit is an introductory unit for graduate teacher education secondary students. Drawing on their learning in related units and their experience in fieldwork settings, students will develop an understanding of key elements of learning, specifically: teaching and learning; effective communication; use of ICT ; literacy and numeracy; establishing effective learning environments; student motivation; and processes of classroom management. The emphasis is on exploring the rich interconnections between theory and practice, and illustrating the power of effective theories in guiding complex practice.


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

  1. critically examine their personal beliefs, values and experiences about teaching and learning, classroom management, communication and motivation;
  2. articulate their emerging professional learning, identifying significant change moments;
  3. describe, evaluate and apply a variety of classroom management and communication strategies in educational contexts;
  4. recognise literacy and numeracy needs of students;
  5. identify and apply processes for drawing on a range of theories and principles to create effective learning opportunities for students in a range of contexts; and
  6. outline and apply processes for engaging students in their learning, especially disengaged students.


Assessment task 1: Reflective journal (2,000 words, 50%)
Assessment task 2: Research task (2,000 words, 50%)

Contact hours

3 hrs per week


Successful completion of 3 years of an undergraduate Education degree; OR enrolment in Grad Dip Ed (Secondary); Or by special permission



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