Current Issues in Special Education

Course code EDUC6090
Available in 2016
2016 Course Timetables


Introduces some of the issues which have been the topic of discussion, debate and research in Special Education in recent years. Among issues dealt with will be the nature of special education, inclusion, supporting a variety of needs, and collaborating with family and professionals. Students will be provided with readings and will be expected to prepare at least one paper which reflects an in-depth study of one of the topics being treated.


WebLearn GradSchool

  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Stimulates critical analysis of current issues in special education

2. Develop critical writing skills

3. Provides students with the opportunity to explore an area of interest


  1. What is special education?
  2. Abuse, discrimination and rights.
  3. Preventing special needs.
  4. Inclusion.
  5. Approaches to behaviour problems.
  6. Teacher quality and accountability.
  7. Collaboration with others.
  8. Families.
  9. Supporting diverse needs.
  10. Controversial issues.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Reflection on Key Course Reading

Written Assignment: Critical Reflection on Key Issues

Literature Review: Literature Review

Contact Hours

WebLearn GradSchool and Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self directed learning equivalent to 2 hours per week for external students.


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term