EDUC5416 Education in Rural Australia

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit considers issues affecting the delivery and quality of education in rural and remote areas, and the experience of living and working in small communities. It explores practical ways graduate teachers can work to take account of locality and address educational inequalities that rurality can present.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the key conceptual issues underpinning education in contemporary, non-metropolitan Australia; (2) identify demographic, sociocultural, geographic and economic characteristics of rural and remote communities in Australia and the diversity of educational provision in such communities; (3) explain the structure and critique the profile of educational provision in rural Western Australia; (4) identify and locate a wide range of resources and assistance available to teachers in non-metropolitan Western Australia; (5) modify and enhance teaching plans to meet the needs and circumstances of a non-metropolitan community; and (6) demonstrate a selection of skills relevant to the enhancement of school-community participation in a non-metropolitan community.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written task 1; (2) written task 2; and (3) professional conduct. 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 written task 1, written task 2, and professional conduct components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Peter Merrotsy
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):
Education in rural Australia Field Trip (estimated cost - 240).
Contact hours
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment)
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