Innovations in Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy

Unit code: ECP3104 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
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EEC2101 - Engaging Students: High Expectations for All
EEC2103 - Teaching Primary Science
EEC2105 - Primary Mathematics
EEC2106 - Approaches to Reading
Satisfactory completion of Year 2 primary school practicum. Successful completion of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Education students.
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit provides pre-service teachers (PSTs) with the opportunity to expand their knowledge of curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment in their specialised discipline areas for teaching secondary school students in years 7-12. PSTs will collaborate with their peers to determine major challenges within their specialisation areas, and identity potential innovative solutions to these. PSTs will seek input from end users (school students, teachers), experts, and entrepreneurs to assist them in developing a prototype of an innovation which can be applied in their specialist areas to improve student learning outcomes. PSTs will present their ideas to the class and the broader community and may implement their innovation in schools or other educational settings. This process will provide graduates who operate with an innovation mindset, so that they can teach the next generation of students who will need entrepreneurial skills, and also enhance their own opportunities for employment through traditional and non-traditional paths.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Investigate the major challenges in education in their specialisation area.
  2. Collaborate with peers, experts, entrepreneurs and end users to facilitate the development of an innovative educational product.
  3. Design and develop their innovation, and develop the appropriate ICT, communication, and other skills that are required to engage in this process
  4. Experiment and revise their product through pilot testing and conversations with experts, entrepreneurs and end users.
  5. Convince their peers, community members, and a panel of experts of the need, value, and contribution of their innovative educational product.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Project
Grade: 30%
Description of educational challenge and brief literature review
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 40%
Prototype of Curriculum and Pedagogy innovation
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
Project pitch competition

Required reading

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

As part of a course

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