Literacy and Numeracy Development in Learners with Vision Impairment

Course code EDUC6070
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables

Description

Provides an understanding of theoretical and instructional approaches to literacy and numeracy development in learners who are blind or who have a vision impairment (B/VI).

Availability

WebLearn GradSchool

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe theoretical and research-based principles and instructional approaches to language, literacy and numeracy development in learners with vision impairments, including learners with additional/multiple disabilities.

2. Discuss the historical development of braille and other tactile literary codes.

3. Implement instructional strategies and approaches supporting equitable access to information and research methods.

4. Implement individualised teaching strategies and programs that promote literacy and numeracy development in learners with vision impairments.

5. Work in partnership with mainstream teachers and other professionals in the design and implementation of individualised literacy and numeracy assessment, reporting, and teaching programs that support access to the mainstream curriculum and assessments/ examinations.

6. Develop individualised programs on the use and care of assistive/adaptive technology supporting literacy and numeracy development and expression.

Content

Topics will include:

  1. Theoretical and research-based principles and approaches to language, literacy and numeracy development in learners with vision impairments, including learners with additional/multiple disabilities.
  2. History of the development of braille and other tactile literary codes.
  3. Implications of vision impairment to the developmental stages of concept development and literacy and numeracy acquisition.
  4. Literacy and numeracy assessment, record keeping and programming, including assessment of learning media, academic and functional literacy and communication mode (braille, large print, electronic, tactile, aural, augmentative systems).
  5. Adjustments and accommodations to support equity of access to information and participation in literacy and numeracy learning in a range of education settings.
  6. National guidelines for the production of learning media and examinations in alternate formats.
  7. Instructional approaches to student use and care of assistive/adaptive technology supporting literacy and numeracy development and expression.

Assumed Knowledge

Demonstrated proficiency in UEB (Unified English braille), for example, completion of a course in braille, certificate in braille proficiency.

Assessment Items

Essay: Essay/Research paper

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: PBL Exercise/Braille Literacy Program

Project: Project/Braille Book Kit Production

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Lecture: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Attendance at the scheduled campus conference is compulsory.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • UEB Grade 2 Braille Competency - Student must demonstrate the required competency.

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 24 hour(s) per Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term