Foundation Principles of Middle Schooling - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Resource Development (50%) , Assignment 2 - Personal Philosophy (25%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,188.00
International 2,438.00

This unit introduces the pedagogical, curricula, evaluative and theoretical possibilities for schooling in the middle years. It endeavours to place the complexity of learning, learners and the social space of the classroom within the dominant schooling framework of primary and secondary schooling as well as the philosophical, political and practical implications for middle schooling. A focus on developing appropriate approaches to pedagogy, curriculum and assessment for effective teaching and learning of these 'millennial' young people will be used together with understandings of 'new times' as the basis for this thinking.

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

  1. demonstrate an appreciation of the issues associated with young people with regards to their bodies, health, physicality, personal development, creativity, expression, literacy and numeracy
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the principals and practices of pedagogy, curriculum and assessment in the middle years schooling
  3. develop teaching and learning strategies and practices relevant to young people in the middle years schooling.
  4. demonstrate an awareness of diversity in learners within the same social space and develop practices that identify and engage with this diversity for collective outcomes
  5. articulate the socio-political dimensions of traditional mass schooling, in particular related to upper primary and lower secondary schools, and contrast these to those of middle schooling
  6. identify a personal middle schooling philosophy.
  • Assignment 1 — Resource Development (50%)
  • Assignment 2 — Personal Philosophy (25%)
  • Journal — Reflective Journal (25%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • EDN101 — Foundation Principles of Middle Schooling
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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1The middle years: what's it all about?
2The middle years learner
3The middle years learner's brain
4Social competence: identity and independence
5Differentiated learners
6Pedagogical practices in the middle years
7Curriculum practices in the middle years
8Assessment practices in the middle years
9Collaborative learning
10Collaborative teaching
11Relationships in the middle years
12A personal philosophy

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Glossary
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

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  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.
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