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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Former School/College

Former School of Education

Unit aim

Heightens an awareness of diverse learning environments. This unit aims to identify possibilities and challenges whilst encouraging an appreciation of the value of difference. This unit introduces students to a range of strategies to engage the learner and enhance student outcomes. The unit has a block practicum period.

Unit content

Module One: Identifying difference 1.1 Orientation to the unit 1.2 Teachers make the difference 1.3 Identifying difference

Module Two: Responding to difference 2.1 What is differentiation? 2.2 Differentiation scaffolds 1 2.3 Differentiation scaffolds 2

Module Three: Defending difference 3.1 Assessment 3.2 Collecting evidence and making judgements 3.3 Recording and reporting evidence

Module Four: Differentiation in practice 4.1 Participation in 20-30 days of professional experience in school depending on individual course progressions

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.

GA1: , GA2: , GA3: , GA4: , GA5: , GA6: , GA7:
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 identify and value the diverse backgrounds and histories of the students they teach (including NESB, Aboriginal and Special Education students)
2 identify and use multiple frameworks for differentiating the curriculum within the primary classroom
3 use tools and strategies, within these frameworks to plan, implement and evaluate a variety of learning experiences
4 use tools and strategies which account for difference to assess student achievement
5 reflect critically on their current practice in order to articulate justifications for the choices they make as professionals.

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

  1. identify and value the diverse backgrounds and histories of the students they teach (including NESB, Aboriginal and Special Education students)
    • GA7:
  2. identify and use multiple frameworks for differentiating the curriculum within the primary classroom
    • GA4:
  3. use tools and strategies, within these frameworks to plan, implement and evaluate a variety of learning experiences
    • GA4:
  4. use tools and strategies which account for difference to assess student achievement
    • GA4:
  5. reflect critically on their current practice in order to articulate justifications for the choices they make as professionals.
    • GA5: