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EEE208 - Understanding Learners: Primary

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Gaelene Hope-Rowe

Campus contact:

Gaelene Hope-Rowe (Burwood (Melbourne))

Dianne Toe (Waurn Ponds (Geelong))

Julianne Lynch (Warrnambool)




For students enrolled in course E359.3 only

Incompatible with:

EEE404, EXE102, EXE404

Contact hours:

This unit will involve a blend of on-line teaching and learning and discussion, and two workshops: this will be the equivalent of a one hour lecture and two 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 (1000 words, 26%)

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