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EPP304 - Ways of Knowing Children and Adolescents

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in course E377, D347 or D351.

E377 students must have completed or are completing their HPE Curriculum Study A and/or their Secondary Curriculum Studies 2A for their 2nd teaching method

D347 students must have completed or are completing their Secondary Curriculum Studies A for their 2nd teaching method area.

D351 students must have completed or are completing their Secondary Curriculum Studies 1A for their 1st teaching method area.

Unit chair:S Bennett

Student must have passed two units in EPP101, EPP102, EPP203, EPP207



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 1 hour Class per week and 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week when not on practicum.

Practicum: Students will be required to complete a 15 day teaching practicum.


This is the fourth of the six units in the education studies major. This unit explores and critiques the institutional and psychological discourses that influence and define learners in schools. The students will examine how different developmental and learning theories can be accommodated in the curriculum and classroom teaching, and become familiar with the literature and research underpinning these theories as well as a range of related pedagogical models. They will be able to apply these understandings to the development of their classroom management repertoire and the promotion of successful learning. The unit includes discussion of school assessment processes as systemic ways of knowing and representing learners. The unit will involve in-depth and contextualised discussion of the ways learners are ‘known’ in classrooms. Students will adopt a range of ways of seeing learners from the theoretical literature from this unit and the previous unit on pedagogy. The students will finally critique these revised ways of seeing learners through revisiting the place of their own beliefs and philosophical stance.


Responses to seminar tasks: 25% (700 words or equivalent)

Analysis of a school policy: 35% (1000 words or equivalent)

‘Reading’ professional practice: 40% (1100 words or equivalent)


Hurdle requirement: Assessing the Professional experience
For students enrolled in School of Education courses, the professional experience component is assessed primarily by the class-based teacher who advises the Unit Chair.  Satisfactory completion of the Professional Experience component is compulsory in order for the student to progress.

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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