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EEE208 - Understanding Learners: Primary

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:J Hodgens
Campus contact:

E Rowe (Burwood (Melbourne))

D Toe (Waurn Ponds (Geelong))

J 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%)

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Unit fee information available soon

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your units are priced based on the course you are enrolled in. Please refer to the current year's course entry to estimate the unit cost.

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