Overview

This unit introduces pre-service teachers to different learning perspectives and how they relate to contemporary theories of learning. The unit challenges them to reflect upon their own belief system and how this aligns with contemporary approaches to teaching and learning and the capacity to create effective learning environments.

Requisites

Teaching periods
Location
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 1
Location
Hawthorn
Start and end dates
26-February-2024
26-May-2024
Last self-enrolment date
10-March-2024
Census date
31-March-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
12-April-2024
Results released date
02-July-2024
Semester 2
Location
Hawthorn
Start and end dates
29-July-2024
27-October-2024
Last self-enrolment date
11-August-2024
Census date
31-August-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
13-September-2024
Results released date
03-December-2024

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Recognise and explain why learning is a complex concept
  • Describe and define learning theories and articulate their benefits and limitations
  • Describe and compare different learning perspectives and relate them to contemporary theories of learning
  • Relate and reflect upon personal beliefs about learning and teaching to contemporary theories and how this impacts on practice
  • Identify and predict factors that contribute to effective learning environments
  • Identify how research aligns with theories of teaching and learning and informs education

Teaching methods

Hawthorn

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Live Online
Lecture
1.00 12 weeks 12
On-campus
Class
2.00 12 weeks 24
Specified Activities
Various
4.00 12 weeks 48
Unspecified Activities
Various
5.50 12 weeks 66
TOTAL150

Swinburne Online

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Online
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
12.50 12 weeks 150
TOTAL150

Assessment

Type Task Weighting ULO's
Case StudiesGroup 30% 2,3,5 
EssayIndividual 50% 3,6 
PresentationIndividual 20% 1,4 

Content

  • Complexities of learning
  • What is a learning theory
  • Where do theories come from and how are they used
  • Benefits and limitations of learning theories
  • Application of learning theories to practice
  • World views and their impact on practice
  • Behavioural perspectives
  • Cognitive  perspectives
  • Constructivist/Socio-cultural perspectives
  • Post structural perspectives
  • Contemporary theories from different perspectives
  • Teaching and learning processes/pedagogy
  • Overview of how research is used in education

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.