Faculty of Education

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedNot offered in 2013


This unit focuses on the role and nature of literacy education in schools and aims to develop a critical understanding of the inter-relationships of policy initiatives and directives with educational practices in schools and the community.
Students explore the interface between home and school literacy practices, within the context of a socially and culturally diverse world influenced by technological change, international testing of literacy, the international rights of children, and published policies of global entities (OECD, UNESCO). The unit also critically examines Australia's national, state and local policies and practices, including professional standards, curriculum and assessment. Students also enhance their personal literacies to communicate effectively as members of the teaching profession.
The unit explores effective pedagogies to enhance children's oral language, reading, writing and visual literacies taking into account issues related to information and communication technology. It emphasises the place of literacy in the development of autonomous and lifelong learners.


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

  1. identify and critically examine a range of theoretical perspectives on literacies and literacy learning,
  2. explore and develop students' own literacy skills and pedagogical practices,
  3. assess, plan and implement effective and inclusive literacy practices for a diverse range of learners to enhance reading, writing and oral language,
  4. plan learning experiences which reflect the complex nature of literacy teaching and learning in an increasingly diverse social and cultural world influenced by rapid technological and social change,
  5. become competent in their personal literacies, including a range of information and communication technologies,
  6. examine a range of education policy issues and dilemmas for educators in contemporary local, national and global contexts and their implications for educators, and
  7. reflect critically on their personal beliefs and practices and their relationship to current educational policy debates.


Assessment task 1: Essay (1500 words, 20%)
Assessment task 2: Planning task (2500 words equivalent, 30%)
Assessment task 3: Digital resource (2000 words equivalent, 25%)
Assessment task 4: Planning task (2000 words, equivalent, 25%)

Contact hours

Contact: equivalent to an average of 2 hours per week; Self-directed study: approx 10 hours per week over the full year


EDF5711 English, literacies and policy contexts A and EDF5712 English, literacies and policy contexts B