EEL320 Learning Theories for Post Compulsory Education (8)

The subject explores the learning theories which underpin teaching and learning within adult and vocational education and training practice. The emphasis is on understanding that learning theories help teachers reflect on their practice and incorporate relevant aspects of the theories in order to improve students' learning experiences. The subject looks back at some of the individual or developmental theories of learning and how the metaphors and practices of these theories are embedded in our understanding of learning and our practice working with adult learners in post-compulsory education. Finally, the subject uses different forms of learning as a lens for shaping practice, and how this considers student needs, motivation and learning abilities by tracing these concepts back to different learning theories and educational philosophies of students and teachers.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 3 (90)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EEL320. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Education

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed EEL418.

Subject Relationships

EEL418 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss the theories and debates underpinning theories of adult learning;
  • be able to discuss the situated and social nature of learning and the importance of context in shaping learning;
  • be able to review a range of approaches to learning such as work based learning and problem based learning;
  • be able to analyse theoretical concepts of learning in light of own practice; and
  • be able to apply theoretical frameworks and processes to enhance own practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • - What is learning?
  • - What is metacognition?
  • - How does the study of learning theories help us?
  • - Social theories of learning
  • - Experiential theories of learning
  • - Notable learning theorists
  • - Emerging theories of learning
  • - The three dimensions of learning
  • - Vocational learning
  • - Behaviourism
  • - Cognitive learning theory
  • - Constructivism
  • - Performative learning
  • - Problem-based learning
  • - Work-based learning
  • - Meeting student learning needs
  • - Motivation
  • - Transfer of learning
  • - Lifelong learning


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2019 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: September 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.