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)Heather Ernst (Gippsland); Dr Jill Cheeseman (Peninsula)


This unit will build on students' understandings and skills developed in EDF1307 Early Literacy and numeracy 1. Students will explore the importance of translating home and community learning into various institutional settings. The teaching of literacy and numeracy 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. understand a number of interpretations of what constitutes literacy and numeracy
  2. recognise how key mathematical and literate concepts are practiced in early learning settings such as homes, communities, child care, preschools and the early years of school
  3. appreciate that literacy and numeracy learning occur in multiple contexts and in multiple ways
  4. identify and employ a range of pedagogical tools to support children's learning in literacy and numeracy.


Web page (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)
Research paper (2000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • 3 hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

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