Faculty of Education

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedGippsland First semester 2014 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Clare Williams (Gippsland); Dr Evan Ortlieb (Peninsula)


This unit focuses on the range of ways young children encounter and use literacy from exploring their diverse everyday worlds. It introduces conceptual frameworks for understanding and critiquing the processes of how children learn about literate representations and communication from infancy through to the early years of school Students will explore the importance of translating home and community learning into various institutional settings. The teaching of literacy will be examined from a number of current theoretical perspectives, and students will be assisted to develop appropriate pedagogical practices that support children's learning.


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

  1. demonstrate understanding of key curriculum principles relating to literacy for young children
  2. understand a number of interpretations of what constitutes literacy
  3. recognise how key literate concepts are practiced in early learning settings such as homes, communities, child care, preschools and the early years of school
  4. appreciate that literacy learning occurs in multiple contexts and in multiple ways
  5. identify and employ a range of pedagogical tools to support children's learning in literacy.


Primary: 10 days' placement; Early childhood: 5 days' placement


Critique (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)
Successful completion of placement and allied documentation (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 3 contact hours per week

Additional requirements:

  • 9 hours of independent study per week