Understand Middle Years Learners - 2017

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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 2017: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Presentation - Annotated Presentation (50%) , Review - Media Review (50%)

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 2,375.00
International 2,625.00

This unit is focused on learners in the middle years and explores both historical and current understandings of the biological and social constructions of 'adolescence'. Through these understandings, challenges currently facing young adolescents are investigated and the implications for teaching are considered. Students engage in a constant analytical process to develop their own philosophical understandings of who young people are in the middle years and what are best pedagogical practices to meet these needs.


Please note: An ebook is required for this unit. Details below:

Bahr, N & Pendergast, D. 2007, 'The Millenial Adolescent', E Books Corporation.

Available: Informit Full Text Database

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

  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the complex interrelationship between biological, cognitive and psychosocial developments in adolescence
  2. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of adolescence as a rapid transitional period for young people and the implications of this when working with young people
  3. identify how families, peers, schools, communities and contemporary culture influence adolescent behaviour and development
  4. identify some social, economic and cultural factors in contemporary Australia and how these create particular stresses for adolescents today
  5. have an increased capacity to (a) respond to cultural contexts; (b) generate young people's social and cultural capital; and (c) foster positive personal and social identity through learning experiences in the middle years
  6. develop empathy for young people and an understanding of the challenges facing young people today
  7. evaluate opinions, make decisions and reflect critically upon evidence and academic arguments about the concept of adolescence
  8. apply critical reasoning to a diverse range of research pertaining to young people.
  • Presentation — Annotated Presentation (50%)
  • Review — Media Review (50%)

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:

  • EDN102 — Understand Middle Years Learners
  • Additional materials
  • Audio/Visual equipment

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.

1Concepts of adolescence and youth identity .
2Biological foundations
3Gender and youths
4Brain and cognitive development
5Youth as social beings: identity and autonomy
6Millennial youth
7Australia's MilGen students and schooling
8Health, well being and resilience
9Sex, drugs and rock and roll
10Youth and work
11Youth as consumer
12Rethinking youth: challenges for education

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

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.

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