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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedNot offered in 2010
Coordinator(s)Ms C Charles


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.


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.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Claire Charles

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.