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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

8

Level of learning

Introductory

Former School/College

Former School of Education

Unit aim

Introduces a theory-based understanding of literacy and numeracy in education; and enables advanced knowledge in these bodies of knowledge to be applied to professional areas.
 

Unit content

Language and Literacy

  • Language and learning - what is each and what is the significance of these terms in modern classrooms?
  • Societal expectations - role of curriculum; role of mathematics in society; the relevance of home and community literacy practices
  • Literacy demands –writing and speaking
  • Analysis of student work samples to identify areas of literacy need
  • Literacy demands –reading and listening
  • Supporting students for their literacy needs – research evidence - planning for teaching
  • Written and oral feedback for students in relation to their literacy development
  • Supporting students with diverse literacy needs – ESL; Indigenous: gifted and talented
  • Developing specific strategies to cater for students requiring additional support; accommodations and inclusive practice; community and carer participation
  • Supporting numeracy learning with a range of resources including systemic and commercial programs, and digital technologies - personal digital devices; virtual worlds; programming and reporting; evaluating the effectiveness of digital resources
  • Interpreting data (school-based and system) to make informed decisions about student literacy needs in the context of subject areas

Numeracy

  • Mathematics and numeracy - what is each and what is the significance of these terms in modern classrooms?
  • Societal expectations and privileging of numeracy content -  role of curriculum; role of mathematics in society; the relevance of home and community literacy practices
  • Supporting students for their numeracy needs – research evidence - planning for teaching; role of assessment;; team based approaches: written and oral feedback for students.
  • Supporting students with diverse numeracy needs – ESL, Indigenous, gifted and talented, learning disabilities; accommodations and inclusive practice; community and carer participation
  • Supporting numeracy learning with a range of resources including systemic and commercial programs, and digital technologies - personal digital devices; virtual worlds; programming and reporting; evaluating the effectiveness of digital resources
  • Interpreting data (school-based and system) to make informed decisions about student numeracy needs in the context of subject areas.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Explain a theory-based understanding and knowledge of the role of language and literacy in education
2 Analyse the literacy and numeracy demands upon students together with other available data to identify areas of individual need
3 Develop teaching plans that embody literacy and numeracy focuses, incorporating the effective use of literacy and numeracy strategies and assessment tasks to inform teaching, as well as developing specific strategies for students who require additional support
4 Research alternative approaches to the dominant curriculum paradigms for the teaching of literacy and numeracy
5 Evaluate the role of digital technologies for effective teaching with literacy numeracy for mainstream students and assisting low-attaining students.
6 Demonstrate a high level of personal literacy and numeracy equivalent to the top 30% of the population.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Explain a theory-based understanding and knowledge of the role of language and literacy in education
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. Analyse the literacy and numeracy demands upon students together with other available data to identify areas of individual need
    • GA4:
  3. Develop teaching plans that embody literacy and numeracy focuses, incorporating the effective use of literacy and numeracy strategies and assessment tasks to inform teaching, as well as developing specific strategies for students who require additional support
    • GA4:
  4. Research alternative approaches to the dominant curriculum paradigms for the teaching of literacy and numeracy
    • GA4:
  5. Evaluate the role of digital technologies for effective teaching with literacy numeracy for mainstream students and assisting low-attaining students.
    • GA1:
    • GA5:
  6. Demonstrate a high level of personal literacy and numeracy equivalent to the top 30% of the population.
    • GA5: