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Area/Catalogue
EDUC 5261

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Course Level
Postgraduate

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Offered Externally
Yes

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Course ID
162601

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Unit Value
4.5

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University-wide elective course
No

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Timetable/s

Second Semester
(Study Period 6)

Course aim

To enable students to learn and reflect upon a body of research related to human development, learning and thinking, and to begin to understand the application of these theories in educational settings for children and young people from 0-18 years. To further students' understanding of the family and community contexts of care and education processes within education settings to equip students with the capacity to research, analyse and practically address and use appropriate educational techniques in relation to social issues affecting children and families’ safety and well-being.

Course content

Students will develop an understanding of a range of theories and theoretical perspectives which have been developed over time and are encompassed within a constructivist approach to learning. Students will explore Piaget’s Cognitive Development Theory, Vygotsky’s Socio-cultural Theory, Behaviourism, Bandura’s Social Cognitive Theory, Emotional, Social and Moral Developmental Theories, Brain Development; Information Processing Theory, Bronfenbrenner’s Bio-Ecological Systems Theory, and Dynamic Systems Theory. Students will explore how theoretical perspectives underpin children and young people’s development and learning and inform educational practice.

Students will develop an understanding of social context of adversity and challenge for children and families such as poverty, parental mental illness, family breakdown, domestic violence, child neglect and abuse and the effects on children. Students will gain an understanding of how to identify indicators of adversity, support children and their families in adverse situations and apply supportive educational practice.

Students will be provided with an understanding of theoretical perspectives of children’s learning and development, which will inform their understanding of how children’s living environments influence their learning and development. These concepts will feed into educational practice as a whole and will inform all other courses in the Master of Teaching program.















Textbook(s)

Briggs, F 2012, Child Protection: The essential guide for teachers and other professionals whose work involves children, 1st edition , Woodslane Publishing, Docklands, Victoria

Woolfolk, A & Margetts, K 2015, Educational Psychology, 4th Australian edition , Pearson Education, French Forest, NSW, Australia

Prerequisite(s)

Nil

Corequisite(s)

Nil

Teaching method

Component Duration
INTERNAL, MAGILL
Lecture 1 hour x 10 weeks
Workshop 2 hours x 10 weeks
INTERNAL, MAWSON LAKES
Lecture 1 hour x 10 weeks
Workshop 2 hours x 10 weeks
EXTERNAL, MAWSON LAKES, ONLINE
Online (Online activities) 3 hours x 10 weeks

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Assessment

Task Length Weighting Duration
INTERNAL, MAGILL
Essay 2700 words 60% N/A
Project 1800 words 40% N/A
INTERNAL, MAWSON LAKES
Essay 2700 words 60% N/A
Project 1800 words 40% N/A
EXTERNAL, MAWSON LAKES, ONLINE
Essay 2700 words 60% N/A
Project 1800 words 40% N/A

Fees

EFTSL*: 0.1250
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 1A)
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Fee-paying program for domestic and international students
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* Equivalent Full Time Study Load. Please note all EFTSL values are published and calculated at ten decimal places. Values are displayed to three decimal places for ease of interpretation

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