ETP200 - Classroom Relationships


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Melbourne (Burwood), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Community Based Delivery (CBD)*

Trimester 3: Online 

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125

ETP101 and ETP102


Students must be enrolled in course E359

Incompatible with: ETP201
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 - campus

4 x 2-hour lecture in week (recordings provided) and 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online

4 x 2-hour lectures in weeks 1-7 (recordings provided), 4 x 4 hour practical experience (workshops) per trimester

In-person attendance requirements

Students will be required to complete a 10-day professional experience (placement)

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*Community Based Delivery (CBD) is for National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation NIKERI Institute students only.


This unit aims to develop a strong understanding of how classroom relationships underpin classroom management and support positive behaviour for learning. It will examine a range of frameworks for supporting positive behaviour in educational settings and make links between these frameworks and theories of learning and motivation. The ways that learner characteristics, classroom and school context impact on classroom relationships and interact with these approaches to support positive behaviour will be explored in some depth. This unit will support the development of classroom communication skills in preservice teachers. Preservice teachers will explore ways of engaging parents in the education of their children and building relationships with families. This unit includes a two-week placement in schools and opportunities to reflect on classroom relationships and management so as to apply this knowledge to the development of a personal classroom management plan. The learnings and placement experience are designed to support the development of preservice teachers towards the APST with particular emphasis on Standards 3 and 4.

During the 10-day placement, students will practice the implementation of the teaching and learning cycle with a small group of focus children. They will assess and analyse their learning to set learning goals that provide achievable challenges for the varying abilities and characteristics of the children, and respond to these through planning, implementation and evaluation of learning experiences. Throughout these tasks, students will critically analyse and reflect on their professional practice and teaching identity alongside their mentor teacher.

Hurdle requirement

Professional experience is a requirement of the Victorian Institution of Teaching for the preparation of teachers. In this unit you will complete 10 days of the required 80 days for the Bachelor of Education (Primary). Satisfactory completion of the professional experience is required in order to pass this unit.

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