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 Second semester 2014 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Nerissa Albon (Gippsland); Ms Marie Hammer (Peninsula)


In this unit students will be introduced to a range of different theoretical perspectives related to children's learning and development, including developmental, sociocultural, post-structural and post-modern theories. These theoretical lenses will be used to examine images of childhood as they are constructed in relation to time, space and place, with a particular emphasis on cultural constructions including indigeneity. Students will examine learning that occurs in a range of contexts including the classroom, the home, other informal settings and the wider community and the attendant implications this has for students from Indigenous backgrounds. Students will be presented with opportunities to describe, critique and utilise these theories during their professional placement.


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

  1. develop an understanding of different theories of children's learning and development
  2. use theories to investigate practices across time, culture, space and places
  3. develop techniques to assist in observing children and their learning
  4. reflect on their personal professional learning during professional placement
  5. recognise and apply their understanding of children's learning in an educational setting.


5 days' placement


Successful completion of placement: 5 days (1600 words or equivalent, 40%)
Collection of observations (2400 words, 60%)

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

(b.) Additional requirements

  • 9 hours of independent study per week including readings, completion of set tasks and self-directed learning