In this unit you are introduced to the concept of personal and professional learning and you will question, investigate and actively reflect on your learning experiences. In addition you will theorise your own and others' learning experiences in the light of your study of contemporary learning theories. You are encouraged to connect your own experiences with recent developments in education, and within a global context, and ask questions such as: Who am I and how do I learn? What is it like to be a learner? What is happening in the world and how does this influence learning? You will engage in academic writing for university settings, learn about referencing conventions and will familiarise yourselves with library resources. Finally you will evaluate your own literacy and numeracy skills, knowledge and understandings and commence planning to address your learning in these areas.

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This unit is only for Education students undertaking courses ABEC, EBCL, EBEC, EUES, ABED, EBED and EBST.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Reflect on own learning experiences and examine how your learning connects to educational approaches  
  2. Discuss research relating to how children learn and examine the implication of this for education;  
  3. Investigate the professional and personal learning needs required for educators;  
  4. Review the needs of learners from diverse cultural, economic and religious backgrounds including those from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Two reading reflections collected during tutorial sessions 30%
Creative Works Digital movie about effective personal and professional learning, learning styles and experience. 45%
Presentation Group presentation on a selected approach to professional learning covered in the unit. 25%
Effective word limit of 3000 words in total, or equivalent.

Required reading

Teaching: Making a difference. 4th edition
Churchill, R., Ferguson, P., Godhino, S., Johnson, N., Keddie, A. M., Letts, W., Vick, M., and Rogers, J (2019).
Wiley Publishers, Australia

Further links to recommended readings and resources for this unit will be provided to students via the Learning Management System (VU Collaborate)

Where to next?

As part of a course

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