Subject details

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

  1. describe and discuss historical and contemporary literacy and numeracy theories, pedagogies and practices
  2. examine the literacy and numeracy demands and conventions across and within the curriculum
  3. appraise the currently used teaching and learning strategies for numeracy and literacy across disciplines, with particular attention to effectiveness across culturally and intellectually diverse learners, according to available research
  4. develop a lesson plan through the adaption and cross-curricular application of a currently accepted literacy and numeracy curriculum to support culturally and intellectually diverse learners in the acquisition of literacy and numeracy skills.
    • Historical foundations of education worldwide, particularly as related to literacy and numeracy. Does our current curriculum and methods adequately prepare our students for the literacy and numeracy demands of today’s world?
    • Exploring the literacy and numeracy needs of Australian citizens today. How has education in Australia evolved to meet the needs of society? Why is it important to be fluent in words and numbers?
    • Examining curriculum and standards in Australian schools and internationally.
    • How does culture and family values influence learning in numeracy and literacy?
    • How does gender and environment influence learning in numeracy and literacy?
    • Differentiation- supporting numeracy and literacy learning through a strength based model.
    • Supporting numeracy and literacy across the curriculum with effective teaching strategies.
    • Planning instruction through universal design.
    • Adapting curriculum to promote effective numeracy and literacy understanding.
    • Effective methods of collaboration across disciplines to support literacy and numeracy learning for diverse populations.
    • Promoting self-directed learners in literacy and numeracy through effective study skills
    • Learning for the real world- promoting students’ literacy and numeracy appreciation, supporting student transitions to vocational or post graduate settings
    • Reflection
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

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

      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject is one of three in a suite of undergraduate Option subjects designed to prepare Initial Teacher Educators (ITE) to specialise in the teaching of Literacy and Numeracy in diverse populations. Completing three of these subjects will provide graduates with a specialisation in this area. This subject introduces literacy and numeracy as dynamic and evolving concepts and understood by individuals with a variety of learning strengths and difficulties within their particular social, cultural and historical experiences. Students will explore literacy and numeracy conventions and demands across the entire curriculum, not limited to only English and Mathematics. Students will begin to develop an awareness of the need for teachers to support opportunities for literacy and numeracy development holistically.

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Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

  • Essay (25%)
  • Lesson Plan (50%)
  • Multimedia presentation (25%)

Textbook information is pending.

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