Faculty of Education

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - 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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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Mr Michael Phillips (On-campus); Mr Stephen Cranby (Off-campus)


This unit is part A of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part B (EDF4862).


This unit aims to prepare students to become effective and knowledgeable specialist geography teachers. It develops pre-service teachers' understanding of current approaches and trends in geography education, nationally and internationally and how these impact on school-based and post-compulsory curriculum in geography. The unit will involve an examination of various strategies, resources, policies, activities and forms of assessment for geography education.


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

  1. demonstrate a critical understanding of contemporary approaches and trends in geography education in Australia
  2. understand the scope and purpose of school geography
  3. respond to current ideas about how students learn geography and apply them in their geography classes
  4. plan, resource, teach and assess geography lessons and activities
  5. develop units of work which meet the requirements of curriculum documents for Years 7 to 10 and the post-compulsory Years 11 and 12
  6. understand the role of geography both as a separate discipline and as part of an integrated curriculum.


Fieldwork may be arranged by negotiation with students


This unit is graded pass grade only (PGO)

Lesson planning sequence (2000 words equivalent, 50%)
Class presentation on teaching resources (2000 words 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 hour workshop per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the remaining hours per week


A minor sequence in geography