Subject details

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

  1. explain key concepts associated with contemporary theoretical perspectives on human learning
  2. examine the history, philosophy, benefits, processes, government policies, research and theoretical foundations of inclusive education
  3. plan differentiated instruction and assessment from a strength based perspective, utilising knowledge regarding human learning and diverse abilities to meet the needs of a diverse group of learners
  4. integrate effective, research based, teaching and assessment strategies and methods appropriate for learners from diverse cultural backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
    • Diversity and inclusion
    • Diversity due to physical aspects and health conditions
    • Cognitive diversity
    • Social, emotional, behavioural and sensory diversity
    • Sociocultural diversity
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives
    • Differentiating curriculum: individualised and universal design pedagogies
    • Using Behaviourist perspectives to support diverse learners
    • Using Cognitivist/Constructivist perspectives to support learner differences through classroom practices
    • Using Cognitivist/Constructivist perspectives to support learner differences through curriculum choices
    • Using Humanist perspectives to engage a diverse classroom of learners
    • Approaching learner engagement and assessment with a holistic perspective
    • Review and reflection
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Standard Media
      • Glossary
      • Online assignment submission
      • Chat Rooms
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
    • Online materials

      • Printable format materials
      • FAQs
      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links

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

CUR-EDC135-Child Development for Educators


For students that are in a pre-2019 education degree, their requirements are as follows: Complete EDC245 only if they have not previously completed EDC155, EDC135 & EDC251. If students have completed EDC155 then they must complete EDC135 & EDC251 by the end of 2019. If students have already completed EDC251 but not EDC155 or EDC135 please check with Curtin regarding progression and enrolment.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject provides an overview of theoretical perspectives on human learning including behaviourism, humanism, constructivism and cognitivism, from historical and current perspectives. Each set of theoretical assumptions is evaluated based on scientific evidence and explored in terms of practical applications to promote learning in educational environments with a specific focus on the underlying principles of inclusive education and social justice, including effective preparation of all students to transition effectively as productive members of society. Current Australian and international education and human rights policies are reviewed with the aim of equipping educators with the awareness, knowledge and skills to support appropriate education for all students utilising a student/family centred, strength based approach. The theoretical foundations are built upon with learning opportunities to develop competencies in all aspects of inclusive education.

Please Note: If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

  • Report (50%)
  • Essay (50%)

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.

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