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


2020 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125



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.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin. 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 site-based workshops that are based at Waurn Ponds campus.

The unit includes an embedded practicum of 15 days duration, where students undertake supervised professional experience in a school and/or vocational education and training site.


This unit examines in detail the foundational theories of learning, motivation, cognitive and physical development essential for teachers to know and understand in the 21st Century. It investigates the advanced application of these theories in developing effective planning, teaching and assessment strategies relevant to 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 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 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 professional experience placement is required in order to pass this unit

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