Psychology of Reading and Writing and Educational Practice

Course code EDUC6263Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

This course explores a range of theories to explain how reading and writing develop. The course will encourage students to challenge a number of popular perspectives and consider the implications for practice.

Not available in 2014

Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011
ObjectivesThis course provides students with the opportunity to:
1. develop a critical understanding of theories of literacy acquisition;
2. explore their instructional implications; and
3. apply their understanding of literacy development to assess literacy issues and design a programme tailored to the individual students' needs in an educational context.
ContentThe following list indicates indicative course content:
Theories of literacy acquisition and development
Critiquing theories of literacy development
Diversity in development of reading and writing literacy
Approaches to reading and writing instruction and promoting reading and writing development
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsSelf Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssessment Item 2 40% 2000 words
Students are required to prepare a literature review to critically analyse a current literacy issue.
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssessment Item 3 40% 2000 words
Students are required to apply their understanding of literacy acquisition and development to assess the needs of an individual student to design a programme tailored to meet those needs
Other: (please specify)Assessment Item 1 20% 1000 words
Students will be required to respond to a selection of literacy issues identified in the current research literature
Contact HoursTutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term