Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students explore the links between their own knowledge, experience and skills of numeracy and literacy and those required of a teaching professional. Under the guidance of a VET in VCE or VCAL mentor in a Victorian school or alternative educational setting, students spend five days (or equivalent) with their site-based mentor. Following a period of fieldwork students submit a folio which includes a strategic plan for their own personal learning and professional development, and relevant teaching materials and resources. Students also participate in self-paced, on-line activities.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMichael Brown

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsHead first,RecommendedBuzan, T. (2000)THORSONS
ReadingsKeeping a professional journal,RecommendedHolly, M.L. (1997)2ND EDN, DEAKIN UNIVERSITY
ReadingsPortfolios, performance and authenticity,RecommendedHay, T. & Moss, J. (eds) (2005)PEARSON
ReadingsProfessional learning in effective schools: the seven principles of highly effective professional learningRecommended.DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION & TRAINING, MELBOURNE, 2005
ReadingsTowards a comprehensive theory of human learning. Lifelong learning and the learning society. Volume 1,RecommendedJarvis, P. (2006)ROUTLEDGE

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Gather, analyse and interpret assessment and diagnostic data to make informed judgements about secondary students learning needs.

Students deconstruct learning activities identifying discrete and embedded components, planning diagnostics, recording observations; focusing on Literacy & Numeracy.

02. Demonstrate an understanding of the significance of written and spoken language as fundamental to education

Review of curriculum materials / analysis, access, activities, application. Activities are linked to staged reading program in the LMS and journalling task in PebblePad

03. Utilise a variety of technologies to assist learning

Self-awareness strategies explored through engaging students with online diagnostics for Literacy & Numeracy (teacher-education specific). Also students manage their learning activities in an online environment - interacting with materials and submitting assignments in both the LMS and PebblePad.

04. Identify and specify the level of competency in literacy and numeracy expected of the teaching profession.

Design an observation matrix for self (teaching/learning) and students (observable/embedded) that reflect the promulgated standards for the teaching profession related to professional knowledge.

05. Communicate effectively across the various relationships involved in the professional life of a teacher

Complete an in-schools observation of 5 day duration that encompasses an online reflective journal of observed behaviours, activities and interventions for Literacy & Numeracy. The journal is compiled in conjunction with a supervising teacher and incorporates the collection and discussion of artefacts from the teaching and learning environment.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMichael Brown

Class requirements

One 7.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.

Scheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 days scheduled online class other recurrence on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Placement - Off Site
One 5.0 days placement - off site per study period and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Online activities: numeracy (15%); literacy (15%);30 01
Professional learning journal (10%) & personal development plan (10%) (1000-words equivalent)20 02
Fieldwork blog - Professional Journal in PebblePad (5 x 300 words)30 03, 04
Artefacts from observations (10%), Mentor comments/notes (10)%20 03, 05