EDUC5539 Diverse learners in inclusive classrooms

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Multi-mode Multiple modes of delivery. Unit includes a mix of online and on-campus study requirements. On campus attendance for some activities is required to complete this unit.
In this unit, students examine the diverse learning needs of students, including the needs of students with learning difficulties, specific learning disorders/disabilities, gifted ability, neurodevelopmental disorders and students with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds, as well as inclusive practices which can support their learning and engagement. Students develop a broad awareness of relevant legislative requirements regarding teaching students with disability as well as professional responsibilities regarding effectively catering for all students with diverse needs.
There is a strong focus in this unit on strategies which support inclusive student participation and engagement and differentiated teaching to meet the learning needs of all students. Students learn how to plan for differentiated teaching, including inclusive teaching strategies, and assessment for students with diverse learning needs including students with learning difficulties, students with specific learning disorders/disabilities, gifted ability, neurodevelopmental disorders and students with cultural and linguistic diversity, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. To do this, students study advanced pedagogy, instruction and assessment practices (including interpreting data to inform planning) with a focus on improving and refining planning and practice to maximise the learning opportunities and engagement for all students.
Students are able to (1) plan for differentiated teaching and assessment to meet the diverse learning needs of students within inclusive classrooms; (2) apply knowledge and understanding of legislative requirements and teaching strategies that support students with disability; (3) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of teaching strategies which are responsive to the learning needs of students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students; (4) demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of assessment types and practices, including how to interpret assessment data to inform planning; and (5) demonstrate knowledge of strategies to support inclusive student participation.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) case studies and (2) planning document. 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 case studies and planning document components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Contact hours
30 contact hours. Further information is available in the unit outline.
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  • 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 one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. 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.