The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course investigates current theories that are related to developing and sustaining communities of learners who are preparing for the challenges of becoming active, responsible members of a society dominated by rapid technological change. The course is on pedagogical practices and perspectives that provide safe learning environments, that acknowledge the individuality of learners and that promote opportunities for individual students to create, monitor and achieve personal learning goals.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Summer 2 - 2020.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the current views of the nature of intelligence.

2. Identify the key components of ways in which knowledge is constructed.

3. Understand the current theories relating to the impact of emotional intelligence, positive psychology, intrapersonal intelligence and executive function on individual student's capacities to demonstrate optimal functioning.

4. Critically examine popular programs and the dominating pedagogical foundations that are implemented in school contexts and evaluate their theoretical foundations.

5. Articulate the relationships between interest, volition, conation and improved learning outcomes.


This course will address topics such as:

  • Educating for the future
  • Theories of intelligence
  • Cognitive science theory regarding the construction of knowledge
  • Intrapersonal intelligence and the development of executive function
  • Theories of Emotional intelligence
  • Positive Psychology and safe learning frameworks
  • The concept of 'flow' and optimal experience
  • Developing resilience and characteristics of life long learners


For students who commenced in the program in 2016 onwards, enrolment in this course is dependent on successful completion of the teacher education admission milestone:

- Three HSC band 5s (including one in English) or

- 80 units of UON courses or

- Regulatory authority approved comparable pathways.

Enrolment in this course is dependent on meeting the teacher education admission milestone of successful completion of

- Three HSC band 5s (including one in English) or

- 80 units of UoN courses or

- Regulatory authority approved comparable pathways or

- Commencement in the program pre 2016

Assessment items

Presentation: Presentation

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Scenario/PBL exercises