EDUC5509 Interventions for Learning

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
This unit develops students' expertise in the planning, delivery and assessment of targeted interventions in early childhood or primary education within a 5-day professional practice placement. Students plan a focused intervention project for individual school students or groups of students. The project represents a response to a particular need identified at individual, group, class or school level in consultation with school partners. The unit contains a strong action–reflective practice and research informed dimension. Primary students choose to conduct an intervention in English or Mathematics and Early Childhood students conduct an intervention in Mathematics.
Students are able to (1) develop an evidence based plan of action on the basis of diagnostic assessment or other information (data) about an individual child, or group of children; (2) implement and evaluate a short-term intervention in a selected curriculum learning area; (3) report on the intervention to parents/carers; (4) meet professional ethics and responsibilities; (5) seek and apply constructive feedback from mentor teachers to improve practice; (6) critically review an area of research literature as appropriate to the intervention; (7) write a scholarly research report; and (8) engage in classroom-based research.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a research proposal/plan; (2) five days professional practice; and (3) a research report. 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 a research proposal/plan, five days professional practice, and a research report components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Christine Howitt and Associate Professor Grace Oakley
Unit rules
EDUC5510 Professional Practice A
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Student Name Badges (estimated cost - 9).
Contact hours
30 hours (face to face and online) plus 5 days professional practice
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
Conditions for Professional Practice units:
(1) A current Department of Education National Police History Check and a Working with Children Clearance must be presented before any student undertakes professional practice in schools. If a clearance is not given a student must approach the Department of Education for permission to proceed (see Professional requirements). Students are required to read, sign and adopt the Graduate Studies of Education (GSE) Professional Code of Conduct.
(2) Students must gain a pass grade on assessments in core and curriculum units in which they are concurrently enrolled.
(3) Students must pass the Pre-service Teacher Language Competence Test. Unsatisfactory results will be reviewed by a panel of three course coordinators.
  • 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.
  • 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. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. 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. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.