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EDF4240 - Teaching language and literacy: curriculum and pedagogy

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

Undergraduate Faculty of Education

Leader(s): Ms C Charles

Offered

Gippsland Second semester 2009 (Off-campus)

Synopsis

Curriculum and pedagogies of literacy in primary and secondary schools. The unit focuses on whole language pedagogy using it as a case study for discussion of curriculum and pedagogical issues, and to examine the theoretical underpinnings of a range of literacy pedagogies. Factors which impede access to literacy education in schools will also be of interest.

Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will have re-examined what is meant by whole language; developed an understanding of literacies as socio-cultural constructs; examined the theoretical underpinnings of whole language pedagogy; reviewed and evaluated various critiques of whole language pedagogy; examined differing pedagogues of literacy education in relation to current State-based literacy curriculum documents; developed a familiarity with the issues related to differential access to literacy education through schooling.

Assessment

Essay 1 (2000 words): 50%
Essay 2 (2000 words): 50%

Off-campus attendance requirements

Students studying in the off-campus (distance) mode should expect to spend roughly 12 hours a week on the Readings and other activities.

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