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EEE208 - Understanding Learners: Primary

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:J Lynch
Campus contact:

P O'Keefe (Burwood (Melbourne))

D Toe (Waurn Ponds (Geelong))

J Lynch (Warrnambool)


Students must pass at least 5 units at first year before progressing to second year level.


(For students enrolled in course E359.3 only)

Incompatible with:

EEE404, ETX300, ETX500, EXE102, EXE404

Contact hours:

Burwood: 1 x 1 hour Class per week, 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week.

Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool: 1 x 1 and a half hour Class per week, 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week.


This unit introduces concepts and theories of learning and of the nature of learners, focusing on learners of school age. The students' experiences in school settings will be used to provide a base for the concepts and theories of learning introduced in this unit. The unit enables students to: observe classrooms and analyse the learning principles teachers are putting into practice there; show awareness of their own distinctive learning preferences; determine the learning preferences of individual school students; explain the cognitive and metacognitive principles that underlie current approaches to teaching and learning; explain how to motivate and engage school students; explain how to foster creativity, problem solving and thinking skills in school students; demonstrate enhanced communication, academic and information and communication technology (ICT) skills. The professional expectations of student teachers working with colleagues and expectations of student teachers management of students will be explored in preparation for school experience. Debriefing after placement will concentrate on these areas along with a particular focus on how education settings approaches to learning reflect the nature of their learners.


1.Eight topic quizzes (8 x 3% = 24%)

2. An analysis of learning observed by students during field experience placements in schools (2000 words, 50%)

3. An online reflective discussion based on set reading (1040 words, 26%)

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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