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Unit Overview


In this unit, pre-service teachers are introduced to key frameworks, research and theory that develop knowledge and understanding of the processes for working with children in contemporary schools. Pre-service teachers will develop their understanding of schools as communities and the interconnectedness of child, teacher, family and community. They will engage with theory as well as with frameworks and guidelines for working with identified groups such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and with trauma-impacted students. Pre-service teachers will also explore methods of working with families in support of positive outcomes. This unit includes a formal, assessed professional experience as follows:??10-day Placement in Term 4 in Primary Years 1 – 2 classrooms. This placement will be formally supervised and assessed.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Primary Education major sequence

Students are able to (1) identify the characteristics of a safe, supportive and positive learning environment; (2) articulate how sociocultural theory relates to the establishment of positive interrelated learning communities; (3) illustrate how relational pedagogy applies to the creation of safe and supportive learning environments; (4) know students and how they learn: Demonstrate an understanding of children's characteristics and development; and (5) plan and implement learning strategies to cater for students with diverse backgrounds, range of abilities, social skills and motivation for learning..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) classroom observations and reflections linked to socio-cultural systems theory and (2) professional Experience Report (Mentor). Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the classroom observations and reflections linked to socio-cultural systems theory and professional Experience Report (Mentor) components.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded failed basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit rules
Enrolment in
BH020 Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Honours)
Contact hours
30 hours plus 10 days professional placement
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.