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)Clare Williams (Gippsland); Dr Evan Ortlieb (Peninsula)


This unit explores a range of theoretical perspectives on the learning and teaching of literacy. Students will be encouraged to research changing literacy practices, critically reflect on their own beliefs and teaching practices and develop a robust theoretical perspective on the learning and teaching of literacy, to a diverse range of learners. The students will critically examine current literacy practices, including assessment and reporting of literacy learning, in order to develop effective methods of literacy pedagogy in their own teaching. Students' pedagogical practices will take into account the changing social futures and needs of primary school students.


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

  1. identify a range of theoretical perspectives on literacy and critically examine these in light of their own developing perspectives
  2. explore and develop their own literacy skills and pedagogical practices
  3. demonstrate their understanding of a range of effective and inclusive teaching strategies for literacy in the primary classroom, including approaches to assessment and reporting
  4. become competent in the use of a range of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in accessing relevant research literature, in accessing and developing teaching resources and strategies and in presenting evidence of their own learning in the area of literacy.


Critique (2000 words, 50%)
Planning assignment (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:

  • 1 hour lecture per week
  • 2 hour workshop per week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • 9 hours of independent study per week