Families, Professionals & Children with Special Needs

Course code EDST3121Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

Develops knowledge of disability in the developmental phase, encompassing the period from infancy through adolescence, and with reference to an ecological framework which includes family, cultural, societal and educational factors. This course will develop knowledge of school systemic service contexts which impact on service delivery. Ethical, legal and interpersonal issues as well as specific context dependent issues will be addressed.

Not available in 2014

Previously offered in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
ObjectivesUpon the completion of this course, students will be expected to demonstrate:
1. awareness of the special needs of children with disabilities within a variety of contexts/settings;
2. practical skills based on current research and proven practice in the fields relevant to their area of study (such as education, welfare);
3. understanding of the family, cultural, social, and educational factors which impact on outcomes for children with disabilities; and
4. awareness of their role in supporting children with special needs in relevant diverse contexts.
ContentChildren with disabilities and special needs(specifically, children with developmental disability, including moderate to severe intellectual disability; physical disability; multiple disabilities; behaviour and emotional disorders) from birth through adolescence (recognising life span issues)
An ecological framework and the transactional nature of development: the role of family, cultural, societal and educational factors in determining outcomes for children with disabilities
Social, legal and policy issues
Legislation in practice - provision of services
Professional/family partnerships
Collaboration and consultation; problem-solving, change agency
Barriers to interpersonal communication
Ethical issues
For Teacher Education Students
- special education within KLA framework
- stages 1-3, 4-6 curriculum issues
- curriculum issues for students with high support needs
- curriculum issues in special schools
For Non Teacher Education Students
- organisational contexts, functions and implementation issues relevant to supporting children and families
Replacing Course(s)HUMA3121 Families Prof & Child Sp Needs
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsCritique of specific systemic contexts and provisions for children with diverse needs (30%)
Essays / Written AssignmentsCritique of service provision/support in specific contexts (30%) (for teacher education students the focus will be on curriculum for students with high support needs)
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay (20%)
Other: (please specify)Reflective analysis of practice (20%) (teacher education students will be required to complete an action research report within the internship placement).
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Self Directed Learning: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentMixed mode flexible delivery students who enrol in this course are undertaking the 4th year Special Ed option in the BTeach/BA. This format will (1). Facilitate delivery during internship (2). Enhance learning as students engaged in practice concurrently.