Excellence and equity: Promoting communities of self directed learners

Course code EDUC4808Units 10Level 4000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

This course investigates current theories that are related to developing and sustaining communities of learners who are preparing for the challenges of becoming active, responsible members of a society dominated by rapid, technological change. The course on pedagogical practices and perspectives that provide safe learning environments, that acknowledge the individuality of learners and that promote opportunities for individual students to create, monitor and achieve personal learning goals.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, students will be expected to:

1) Demonstrate an understanding of the current views of the nature of intelligence.
2) Identify the key components of ways in which knowledge is constructed.
3) Understand the current theories relating to the impact of emotional intelligence, positive psychology, intrapersonal intelligence and executive function on individual student's capacities to demonstrate optimal functioning.
4) Critically examine popular programs and the dominating pedagogical foundations that are implemented in school contexts and evaluate their theoretical foundations.
5) Articulate the relationships between interest, volition, conation and improved learning outcomes.
ContentThis course will address topics such as:

* Educating for the future
* Theories of intelligence
* Cognitive science theory regarding the construction of knowledge
* Intrapersonal intelligence and the development of executive function
* Theories of Emotional intelligence
* Positive Psychology and safe learning frameworks
* The concept of 'flow' and optimal experience
* Developing resilience and characteristics of life long learners
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeN/A
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Case Scenario/PBL exercisesAssignment 2

Students will engage in a task that involves critical examination of popular programs for enhancing or developing different forms of intelligence.

Assignment may be weighted between 40% - 60% of total assessment in the course.
Presentations - TutorialAssignment 1

Presentation on topic that demonstrates achievement of course objects 1, 2, 3, and/or 4.

Assignment may be weighted between 40% - 60% of total assessment in the course.
Contact HoursLecture: for 12 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Tutorial: for 24 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EDUC4808