Students with Special Needs in Diverse Contexts

Course code EDUC6740Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

This course introduces students to issues, policies and practices relating to the provision of effective inclusive education that meets the diverse learning needs of all students, including those with disabilities, behaviour disorders and difficulties in learning. During the course students will develop the skills required for collaborating with families and other professionals, for assessing and monitoring student learning, and for making reasonable adjustments to curriculum materials so that all students have access to learning.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, students will be expected to:

1. Identify and discuss issues, attitudes and concepts relevant to the education of students with diverse needs within the social context of the school.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of legislation, educational policies and provisions as well as syllabus documents relating to students with diverse needs including those with a disability.
3. Utilise a range of teaching and learning practices designed to maximise the social and learning experiences of students with diverse needs in primary and secondary settings.
Content* Diverse needs, and inclusive practices - Legislation, policy and educational services in NSW schools.
* Planning effective teaching strategies
* Implementing reasonable adjustments to meet specific learning needs
* Understanding learning difficulties
* Developing literacy and numeracy skills - Using assessment and monitoring procedures for responsive decision making
* Development of skills for collaborating with families and other professionals
* Encouraging positive interactions
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsIntegrated Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: On-lineAssessment 2 = 30%; 1000 words. Short answer and multiple choice questions about inclusive practice in relation to the Disability Standards for Education 2005.
Case Scenario/PBL exercisesAssignment 1 = 30%: 1,500 words individual submission plus 10 mins group presentation. Responding to specific needs.
ProjectsAssignment 3 = 40%: 1,500 words or equivalent; Adapting a lesson relating to KLA outcomes.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 24 hour(s) per Term for 8 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6740