Addressing Educational Disadvantage

Subject EDUC90737 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

January, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 12-Jan-2015 to 30-Nov-2015
Assessment Period End 30-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 17-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-May-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 07-Aug-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 14 hours face-to-face delivery at the mid-year intensives and 18 hours online delivery throughout the semester
Total Time Commitment:

170 hour

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2015
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 Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

The subject will form part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (Teach for Australia) and will focus on issues of pedagogy, curriculum, school culture and change and how they relate to increasing student achievement in challenging school settings. This subject will build on more general work done in the first year of the course to focus specifically on addressing low student achievement and engagement at the level of the individual school student, but also at the school level. The subject will be taught through a combination of face-to-face intensive mode (seminars, workshops and lectures) and online mode (podcasts and discussions) during semester. Associates will be encouraged to link their classroom practice and broader work in their school to key theory and research into effective teaching of at-risk students and effective school improvement. Ongoing online interaction will promote a strong sense of peer sharing, supporting the students in continuously reflecting on their own developing professional philosophy and skills.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject associates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate enhanced competency in the skills necessary to raise student achievement, particularly for high-risk students and those with low achievement in literacy and numeracy;
  • Understand the processes of working towards change with others in the school community in challenging settings;
  • Use evidence to identify school-level need for change and potentially effective means of addressing school-level issues;
  • Identify areas for ongoing personal learning.
  • 2500-word report on an issue within the Associate‚Äôs school community. The first part of the report should use a range of existing evidence (student achievement data, student engagement data, qualitative data etc.) to identify one key challenge facing the school or a segment of the school population (for example, one year level or a particular sub-group of students). The second part of the report consists of a literature review on the key findings in the academic literature regarding this issue, identifying potential causes and potential means of addressing the issue. The literature review should critically evaluate the research, and point to potential interventions that may address the issue in their particular school context. Due Mid-semester (50%)
  • 2500-word report on a school-level project that addresses the concern identified in the first assessment. The Associate will plan and implement an intervention that moves beyond their own classroom and involves a range of stakeholders. The report will outline the intervention, critically evaluate it in the light of the research literature and school-level evidence and provide school-level recommendations and systemic level recommendations (where relevant) for future directions. Due End of semester (50%)

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.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

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