EDUC10050 Understanding Knowing and Learning

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2017:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 24-Jul-2017 to 22-Oct-2017
Assessment Period End 17-Nov-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 04-Aug-2017
Census Date 31-Aug-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 22-Sep-2017

Timetable can be viewed here.
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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 1-hour lecture and 1 2-hour seminar each week
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Assoc Prof John Quay



Subject Overview:

This subject will lead students to increase their understanding of various ways of knowing and learning while developing personal theories of learning and its enhancement. This will be achieved through exploration of a range of theoretical perspectives combined with practical application. Theoretical perspectives covered include those of Piaget, Skinner, Dewey, Vygotsky and others relevant to learning. Practical application will involve regular supported experience of tutoring others, primarily school students attending homework clubs.

Learning Outcomes:

The aim of this subject is to lead students to increase their understanding of learning and how to support their own learning and that of others. Students will :

  • focus on examining questions such as : What is learning ? What is knowledge? How do people learn? How can I positively influence learning?
  • build a repertoire of strategies designed to support learning; and
  • develop their own philosophy of learning informed by various theoretical perspectives as well as their own practice.
  • A 1500-word analytical description of the learning situation encountered through tutoring, due mid-semester (35%);
  • A 2500-word essay stating a personal philosophy of learning informed by the theoretical perspectives covered in classes and the practical experience gained through tutoring, due the end of semester (65%).

This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at all tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Prescribed Texts:

Phillips, D. C., & Soltis, J. F. (2009). Perspectives on Learning (5 th edn). New York: Teachers College Press.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students will be able to:

  • describe the types of knowledge they are learning;
  • develop a problem solving approach to the analysis of this knowledge;
  • use this to analyse the knowledge they are learning; and
  • communicate this understanding
Links to further information: http://education.unimelb.edu.au/study_with_us/breadth/knowledge_and_learning#understanding
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Knowledge and Learning
Related Breadth Track(s): Knowing and Learning

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