Faculty of Education

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedBerwick First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jane Kirkby (Berwick)


This unit provides the introduction to the major influences on language and literacy development in young children. It examines relevant theoretical models and focuses on the range of ways young children encounter and use symbol systems whilst exploring their diverse everyday worlds. Students critically engage with current research, practice and policy in literacy in multiple contexts. They begin to develop pedagogical tools that will enable them to successfully support children's literacy learning in the early years of school and are introduced to relevant school-based curriculum.


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • explore the importance of understanding the connections between home, community and school literate practices for the teaching and learning of literacy in school
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of key theoretical ideas including multi-literacies related to young children's language and literacy development
  • develop a wide range of pedagogical and assessment practices for effective literacy teaching and learning in the early years of school
  • demonstrate an understanding of key curriculum principles relating to literacy for young children
  • become competent in the use of a range of ICTs in accessing relevant research literature, in accessing and developing teaching resources and strategies, and in presenting evidence of their own learning in the area of literacy.


1. Critique of literacy events - equivalent 2000 words
2. Planning task - equivalent 2000 words

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jane Kirkby

Contact hours

12 hours per week (equivalent)