Literacy and Numeracy in Secondary Education

Unit code: EED6103 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
Footscray Nicholson


This unit will explore the literacy and numeracy demands of secondary school students during their schooling. It will consider teaching and learning approaches that support secondary school students to be numerate and literate citizens. Pre-service teachers will consider the effectiveness of school structures, policy and procedures. In addition, they will also investigate the intersections of literacy and numeracy across curriculum, lesson planning, and pedagogy. Preservice teachers will also explore the literacy and numeracy challenges that are often encountered by students from EAL (English and an Additional language) and students from diverse cultural backgrounds. They will also investigate the use of technology to create a safe classroom environment when teaching numeracy and literacy. Preservice teachers will integrate contemporary literacy and numeracy frameworks in their specialisation areas. Practitioner based research that draws on a critical theory approach will be integrated in this unit.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of literacy and numeracy teaching approaches in secondary school curriculum;
  2. Reflect on literacy and numeracy challenges that are faced by EAL learners and learners from refugee and migrant backgrounds and articulate a standpoint on inclusive literacy and numeracy teaching strategies;
  3. Understand the role of data, policy documents and professional standards in the construction of literacy and numeracy curriculum tasks;
  4. Investigate the use of technology to create a safe classroom environment when teaching numeracy and literacy;
  5. Demonstrate understanding of strategies to involve and report to parents/carers regarding literacy and numeracy outcomes/educational process.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Report
Grade: 20%
LANTITE Analysis and Professional Reflection
Assessment type: Creative Works
Grade: 30%
Digital movie about effective literacy and numeracy personal and professional learning, learning styles
Assessment type: Portfolio
Grade: 50%
Develop a portfolio of literacy and numeracy teaching resources and assessment materials specific to teaching specialisations.

Required reading

Links to recommended journals for this unit will be provided to students via the Learning Management System (VU Collaborate)

As part of a course

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