Cultural Contexts in Primary Education - 2016

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Unit summary

EDP311

  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Case Study (60%) , Report (40%)

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2016 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit examines social, cultural, linguistic, and economic forces which impact on classroom practices and student learning outcomes. The unit requires analysis of the characteristics of classrooms and schools that reduce the effects of inequalities through curriculum choices and pedagogical practices. This unit emphasises the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers associated with student linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic diversity including consideration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in primary school classrooms.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. examine and evaluate current international and national education policy trends
  2. interpret and describe current cultural and social patterns in Australia
  3. develop a critical perspective of difference and diversity and their significance to education
  4. evaluate strategies that support inclusive student engagement and learning for children from diverse backgrounds, such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  5. formulate an informed perspective on an educational issue.
  • Case Study (60%)
  • Report (40%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

You don't have to enrol in this unit if you have completed EDP310 Curriculum and Culture as they are considered equivalents.

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Schools as tools of government
2Neoliberalism and education reform
3How is neoliberalism changing schools?
4Winners and losers
5Who's the problem? Teachers?
6Schools and teachers: normalise or resist?
7Gender and sexualities as social practices
8Challenging cultural stereotypes
9Economic disadvantage
10Social and emotional wellbeing
11Unit review

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • FAQs
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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