EDUC5410 Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit examines how knowledge is constructed in different subject specific discourses and what types of literacy and numeracy support can be offered in classrooms to enhance students' opportunities for learning across the range of curriculum areas. This unit explores theories related to vocabulary development, reading, and writing as well as the nature of numeracy and the extent to which it relates to mathematical concepts, skills, and thinking. In addition, the unit focuses on classroom-based applications so that ITE students develop the skills and strategies needed to support literacy and numeracy in the classroom.
Students are able to (1) discuss the contemporary issues of literacy and numeracy within Years 7 to 10 and their relationship to teaching across all domains; (2) discuss the theories related to literacy and numeracy; (3) identify differing literacy and numeracy demands across modes, contexts and discourses; (4) analyse the literacy and numeracy demands of typical school tasks; and (5) identify and apply appropriate literacy and numeracy teaching and learning strategies for individual student's needs as well as typical school tasks.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) learning program development and (2) critical analysis. 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 learning program development and critical analysis components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Peter Merrotsy
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
curriculum major/minor units in pre-service teacher education
Contact hours
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-A-4E_2019]
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.