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EXE731 - Professional Learning and Development

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:J Angwin




Incompatible with:

EAE725, EAE743, ETE725

Contact hours:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


This unit focuses on exploring the complexity of issues surrounding professional learning and the importance of professional learning for the individual and the institutions in which they work. To do this students will engage with the literature and research in order to develop understandings about, and the impact of, various theories and principles that underpin Professional Learning and Development. Through the learning involved in this unit we expect students will become more self sufficient in managing their personal professional learning and be prepared to contribute to the development of effective professional leaning programs for themselves and for their work places.

This unit explores a range of perspectives and theoretical work that underpin the design of professional learning programs for educators and trainers. The intention is to build capacities around professional learning through reading literature in the field and engaging in critical reflection of professional learning programs. The unit aims to support students to develop a meta-awareness of the centrality and significance of Professional Learning to every profession and every professional, provide opportunities to test assumptions and beliefs about Professional Learning within a conceptual framework that enables meaningful contributions to the field, connect with immediate work/needs but and explore issues in a range of settings/contexts; and link theory and practice to Professional Learning contexts.


Assignment 1: (50%) An essay based on a critical review and analysis of the perspectives on professional learning introduced in the study materials and readings and a comparison with previous experiences of professional learning. Students must make effective use of the literature to support their writing.

Assignment 2: (50%) For this assignment students prepare a comprehensive proposal for a professional learning program for their current or previous workplace which draws on the unit content and wider reading and demonstrates the understandings they have developed through interactions with of the unit content and fellow students.

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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