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 Second semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Mr Michael Phillips (On-campus); Mr Stephen Cranby (Off-campus)


This unit is part B of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part A (EDF4861).


This unit aims to build on the understanding developed in EDF4861 Geography education in the secondary years A, to further prepare students to become effective and knowledgeable specialist geography teachers. It develops pre-service teachers' understanding of current trends and approaches in geography education, through a focus on the uses and applications of fieldwork, information and communication technologies, personal geographies, environmental and sustainability education, and civics and citzenship education. Students will be expected to critically examine school geography drawing on a range of national and international perspectives on geography curriculum, resources and assessment, and on learners of diverse backgrounds and abilities.


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. respond to current ideas about the scope and purpose of school geography and apply them in their geography classes, e.g. in relation to ICTs, sustainability, citizenship and personal geographies
  3. plan, resource, teach and assess geography field activities
  4. effectively design geography education lessons that facilitate critical thinking, research, numeracy and literacy skills
  5. understand further 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)

Geography fieldwork guide (2000 words, 50%)
Preparation of a teaching unit (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 hour workshop per week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • independent study to make up the remaining hours per week


EDF4861 or EDF4118