Developing Positive Learning Environments - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2
  • Assessment: Essay (50%) , Presentation (50%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit focuses on creating and maintaining supportive, inclusive and welcoming learning environments. It explores positive and effective strategies for helping children manage their own behaviour, including ways in which the physical environment can be optimised for children’s learning, wellbeing and safety. Strategies for building and maintaining relationships with and between children will be explored. In addition, pre-service teachers will learn professional and respectful ways to develop and maintain collaborative partnerships with families in the educative process.

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

  1. develop a repertoire of research-based strategies that support all children’s participation in learning
  2. examine and evaluate ways in which children’s health and wellbeing can be maintained in educational settings
  3. appraise a range of strategies designed to manage challenging behaviours that respect children’s rights and align with professional ethics and responsibilities
  4. develop strategies for establishing and maintaining collaborative partnerships with families
  5. design a supportive learning environment that fosters all children’s learning and relationships.
  • Essay (50%)
  • Presentation (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Access to Microsoft Office or a unit approved alternative, access to video creation and editing software.

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.

1Positive Learning Environments: An Introduction
2Promoting secure and respectful relationships
3Perspectives about behaviour
4Proactive approaches
5Creating safe environments for children to be known and valued
6Facilitating active, meaningful and challenging learning - Part A
7Facilitating active, meaningful and challenging learning - Part B
8Creating a Welcoming Space
9Exploring Diversity
10Honouring Diversity
11Developing and maintaining collaborative partnerships with families
12Developing a personal philosophy for guiding behaviour
13Reflection and review

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • FAQs
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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.

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