Literacy and numeracy development in learners with vision impairment

Course code EDUC6070Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

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).

RIDBC Renwick Centre administers this course. Before enrolling in this course, review the RIDBC Renwick Centre Student Handbook at http://www.ridbc.org.au/renwick/courses/current.php . Completion of this course requires attendance at a compulsory campus conference. Dates and venues of campus conferences are available in the RIDBC Renwick Centre Timetable located at http://www.ridbc.org.au/renwick/courses/current.php .

Available in 2014

WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, students will be expected to:
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.
ContentTopics 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.
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeDemonstrated proficiency in UEB (Unified English braille), for example, completion of a course in braille, certificate in braille proficiency.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Experience Based Learning
Practical
Self Directed Learning
Seminar
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsResearch paper
Case Scenario/PBL exercisesBraille literacy program
ProjectsBraille book/kit production
Contact HoursLecture: for 24 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentDemonstration of UEB Grade Two Braille competency.
Attendance at the scheduled campus conference is compulsory.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for EDUC6070