Using Data To Build Learning Pathways

Subject EDUC90756 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

March, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours
Total Time Commitment:

125 hours total commitment.

Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs/online classes) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:


Dr Kerry Woods


Education Student Centre
234 Queensberry Street
Phone: +61 3 8344 8285

Subject Overview:

In this subject, participants will develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the principles of assessment and reporting for students with additional needs. The emphasis will be on data collection, its purpose, and strengths and weaknesses of various approaches that are consistent with practice in Victorian schools.

Participants will learn about the interpretation and use of different forms of data to support decisions about learning programs for students with additional needs. Data derived from both informal and formal methods of assessment will be considered, including classroom observation and work samples, large scale testing programs, and specialist assessments. Participants will develop skills in evaluating different forms of assessment and reporting in terms of their usefulness to inform classroom practice.

Links between assessment and curriculum will be examined, and connected to evidence-based decision making and developmental frameworks. The importance and use of various approaches to gathering evidence, interpretation of developmental frameworks, and reporting will be examined and practised. Skills in combining evidence of learning to form assessment for teaching, recording and reporting purposes will be developed.


Upon completion of this subject, participants will be able to:

  • Practise and evaluate different approaches to collecting evidence of learning for students with additional needs.
  • Interpret assessment data using formal interpretative frameworks.
  • Locate students on a learning pathway.
  • Identify, design and defend differentiated intervention strategies for students within the format of an individualised learning program.
  • Link curriculum, and teaching and learning resources to assessment data for individual students and groups of students.
  • Monitor student development on a learning pathway.
  • Report to stakeholders about student learning and make recommendations for support and intervention.

There are three assessment tasks:

  • Reflective task 1 (1250 words) due week 5, 25%
  • Reflective task 2 (1250 words) due week 10, 25%
  • Case Study Individual Learning Plan (2500 words) due end of semester, 50%

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject participants will have the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to:

  • Effectively articulate and justify their practices as knowledgeable agents of change;
  • Understand the significance of developing their practice on the basis of research evidence;
  • Use the language of the discipline to extend knowledge and understanding from diverse perspectives for a range of audiences.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Education (Language Intervention and Hearing Impairment)
Master of Education (Language Intervention and Hearing Impairment)
Master of Education (Special Education, Inclusion & Early Intervention)
Master of Education (Special Education, Inclusion & Early Intervention)
Master of Education (Stream 100B)Coursework
Master of Education (Stream 150)
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (LI&HI)
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (SE,I&EI)
Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Intervention

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