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Adult Learning in Education and Work (EDU645)

School School of Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit examines recent psychological theories and research related to adult learning in academic, vocational and community learning settings, including professional development and workplace learning. By the end of this unit, participants should have developed a sound understanding of the multidimensional, interactive, dynamic and socioculturally situated nature of adult learning. They should be well prepared for designing learning environments which facilitate the development of meaningful knowledge and its application across various settings.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Analyse educational practices and workplace initiatives for their strengths and weaknesses in promoting effective learning leading to the development of competence and expertise.
2. Describe the main concepts and issues regarding the nature of knowledge, learning, intelligence, and expertise.
3. Explain some of the core issues related to adult learning in education and work.
4. Design practical initiatives that promote valuable forms of learning in education or the workplace based on a social constructivist perspective.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit is offered externally only. Students receive a highly detailed guide to work through each of the readings. They have opportunities to interact with each other and their tutor on LMS.
Other Learning Experiences External: No attendance required. Some on-campus meetings will usually be available.
External: No attendance required.
Assessment Assignment 1: Exploratory study (30%)
Assignment 2: Design of a practical learning initiative (40%)
Examination: Two-short answer questions (30%)
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level qualification or permission of the Unit Coordinator.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed E446 Adult Learning in Education and Work may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Human Resources and Safety (GradCertHRS)
Graduate Diploma in Education (Tertiary and Workplace) (GradDipEd)
Master of Education (Coursework) (MEd)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Jenni Parker

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6267
e: J.Parker@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.010 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-External
Dr Jenni Parker

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6267
e: J.Parker@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.010 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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