ECN723 - Middle Years Teaching Strategies (Years 5-9)


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Online with intensive

Trimester 2: Online with intensive

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125



Students must be enrolled in course E530, E730 or E737

Incompatible with:


Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Learning experiences are via the unit site. A minimum of 2 Blackboard Collaborate sessions will be conducted during the trimester.

In-person attendance requirements

The unit also includes a required intensive block of 2-days in week 1 of the trimester with practical experience (workshop) that are based at Waurn Ponds campus.

The unit includes an embedded practical experience of 20-days duration, where students undertake supervised professional experience in a school and/or vocational education and training site.

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This unit examines in detail the foundational theories of learning, motivation, cognitive and physical development essential for teachers to know and understand in the context of their specialist teaching area, in the 21st Century. It investigates the advanced application of these theories in developing effective planning, teaching and assessment strategies relevant to their individual subject specialist areas in the middle years of schooling (Years 5 to 9) within the Australian Curriculum framework.

The unit applies key curriculum organising principles informing specialist teaching areas in the middle years and the practical implications for content selection and organisation when adopting an applied learning approach. Particular attention is given to developing the ability to organize and execute classroom activities, use ICT to expand curriculum learning opportunities and clearly communicate learning objectives and instructions. Attention is also paid to developing formative and summative assessment strategies within middle year's specialist subjects and the purpose of providing timely and appropriate feedback to students. Questions of equity in assessment are investigated, with regard to the diversity of student groups and abilities within the middle years of schooling.

The unit also addresses practical strategies for creating and maintaining a supportive and safe learning environment. Analysis of evidence-based evaluation strategies and approaches to critical self-assessment and peer feedback are examined.

Hurdle requirement

Satisfactory completion of the 20-day practical experience component is required


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