Faculty of Education

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2014 (Day)


This unit provides students with the opportunity to develop their own understandings of learning and teaching and to critically examine how curriculum can be more responsive to the needs of adolescents. It puts forward the idea that effective learning environments in the middle years must be sensory rich, intellectually challenging and based upon a critical constructivist philosophy of learning. The unit challenges traditional classroom management constructs and encourages students to determine how best to serve the needs of young people in their care while fulfilling the social function of preparing citizens of a future world.


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

  1. build pedagogical content knowledge related to the intellectual development and individual growth of young adolescents and develop an appreciation for providing learning experiences that will be meaningful to young adolescents
  2. become familiar with and critically examine the literature relating to middle years approaches and the unique needs of adolescents as a group in transition from childhood to adult hood
  3. develop an understanding of a critical constructivist philosophy of learning and how it relates to classroom practice and relationships in the middle years
  4. work collaboratively with peers to develop an understanding of the importance and value of a team approach to curriculum and pedagogical reform.


Essay: a critique of the literature (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)
Group presentation (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)

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