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ECJ722 - Applied Learning in the Middle Years

Unit details

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Year2014 unit information
Offering information:

Applied Learning units not available to E760 students in 2014.

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1 2014 Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

For students enrolled in course E690 and E760

Unit chair:T Ollis




Incompatible with:

ECA551, ECJ411, ECL400, ELE501

Contact hours:

36 hours intensive seminars


Themes and topics to be addressed in this unit include:

• Applied learning within the broader middle years teaching and learning environment:

• innovative examples of middle years applied learning pedagogy;

• strategies for developing flexible learning programs that promote depth of understanding and the development of the skills (including essential, personal and social skills), values and attributes of lifelong learners;

• Developing youth-oriented approaches to teaching which integrate applied learning and other pedagogical approaches;

• Assessment and reporting of core knowledge and cross-curriculum skills;

• Using information and communication technologies with students in the middle years

• Introduction to teaching with a community orientation:

• Identifying learning contexts beyond the school • Establishing professional networks across the community

• Developing learning programs that draw of a range of contexts (both school and community-based)

• Identifying and managing institutional constraints to school/community based teaching and learning;

• Introduction to strategies of organisational change management and the roles of practitioners


Task 1: Analysis of Applied Learning, 40%    Prepare an analysis of an inspiring applied learning education program being delivered for young people in the middle years – including analysis of resources, organisation, curriculum documents, planning expectations, and implementation and assessment protocols. 2000 words or equivalent.

Your Analysis should also contain a brief reflective commentary on your own development as an applied learning teacher. This commentary should draw on your course readings to evaluate your own professional knowledge and skills in relation to those required to create and deliver successful applied learning in the middle years.

Task 2: Planning a unit of work, 60%    Plan a four-week unit of work integrating one or both of your specialist teaching areas into a broader applied learning program. The unit plan should include an analysis of the learning outcomes using the appropriate level of the Victorian Essential Learning Standards. The unit plan will be submitted to your study group for critical evaluation and improvement, after which identified components of the planned units of work should be delivered as part of your practicum requirements. 3000 words or equivalent.

Prescribed texts

Groundwater-Smith, S, Brennan, S & McFadden, M 2007, Learning in the Middle Years: More than a Transition, Cengage, Australia.

Marsh, C 2008, Becoming a Teacher: Knowledge, Skills and Issues, Pearson Education, Frenchs Forest, NSW.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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