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ECN704 - Applied Learning

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

Student must be enrolled in course E500, E592, E740 or E792.

Unit chair:D Blake




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This unit focuses on the increasingly significant role being played by applied learning in 21st Century education and training settings and investigates the reasons for this development. The unit examines the theory and practice of applied learning as a pedagogical phenomenon and as a curriculum-structuring concept. It draws on state, national and international contexts, both current and historic, to examine the ways in which teaching and learning is given an applied focus. The unit begins by examining contemporary understandings about applied learning in a variety of national and international contexts, including schools, TAFEs, Polytechnics and Adult and Community Education (ACE) contexts. Topics include:

  • Developing a working definition of applied learning that includes different modes and settings such as: service learning, project-based learning, community-oriented learning, internship learning etc.
  • Locating approaches to applied learning within an international and historical context of educational policy, practice and student pathways;
  • Relationships between applied learning and contemporary social policy development for young people;
  • Applied learning as a challenge to the professional cultures of educators;
  • Applied learning as a curriculum-structuring concept - what are its content, pedagogy and approaches to assessment?


Assignment 1: Approaches to Applied Learning - Written Report; 3000 words, 50%

Assignment 2: Developing an Applied Learning Program; 3000 words, 50%

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