Curriculum and Assessment in Primary Literacy

Unit code: EEC4110 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
Online Real Time
ECP3101 - Junior Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy
ECP3102 - Secondary Specialisation Assessment and Reporting
ECP3103 - Senior Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy
ECP3104 - Innovations in Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy
Satisfactory completion of Year 3 secondary school practicum Successful completion of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) for students enrolled in EBED only.
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


In this unit you will engage in an exploration of curriculum, assessment and reporting, focusing on literacy in a primary school setting. This exploration will be framed within the paradigm of 21st century understandings and practices of powerful learning and teaching. The unit will enable you to enhance your awareness of historical, political and global influences on curriculum, assessment and reporting in literacy. In addition you will develop an ability to apply current assessment and reporting practices in literacy to an advanced level. Through reflective practices and self-analysis, you will develop an individualised, personal action plan that is responsive to your own needs and strengths leading into and during the final placement. This specialised primary knowledge will also equip you with the necessary skills to effectively implement effective expert teaching and learning strategies during your final primary placement. Through a literacy lens you will also demonstrate an ability to;
•Demonstrate advanced knowledge of literacy in ways that facilitate inclusive and innovative classroom activities;
•Continue to develop advanced knowledge of literacy in ways that allow you to effectively respond to assessment and reporting data in this learning area.

Your work in this unit will provide you with the opportunity to choose and use range of resources that can assist you in planning implementing and evaluating effective student learning. You will also develop your skills in keeping accurate and reliable records of students’ work and progress. Your professional acumen and expert knowledge in literacy will be further demonstrated by your in-depth knowledge and understanding of legislative requirements in education in this area. You will demonstrate your ability to access professional development in your specialised field and use relevant and appropriate sources that facilitate effective student learning. This unit links with the course intentions of equipping preservice teachers with expert content knowledge in literacy. The unit also connects with the course learning outcomes of demonstrating an understanding of a broad and coherent body of knowledge of content, pedagogy, curriculum and assessment in relation to literacy.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse formative and summative assessment tasks in order to demonstrate an advanced understanding of assessment practices in literacy and connecting to issues of equity and social justice
  2. Critically analyse the dilemmas and debates in regard to curriculum in literacy, which may be influenced by historical, socio-cultural and political factors and connecting to issues of equity and social justice
  3. Demonstrate familiarity with the legislative requirements, administrative and organisational policies and processes, including those for students with disabilities.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of a range of strategies for reporting on literacy to students, parents/carers, including the purpose of keeping accurate and reliable records of student achievement, and show familiarity with a range of strategies for involving parents/carers in the educative process.
  5. Apply expert content knowledge to teaching and learning domains in literacy.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Report
Grade: 30%
Primary Specialisation: Analysis of assessment and reporting
Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 20%
Assessment to Graduate Teaching Element 4
Assessment type: Review
Grade: 50%
Conduct a review of curriculum, including a critical analysis of teaching and learning in chosen primary specialisation.

Required reading

Curriculum and assessment: storylines
Ewing, R 2013| Oxford University Press, Australia

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