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Subject details

  • Topics
    • The middle years: what's it all about?
    • The middle years learner
    • The middle years learner's brain
    • Social competence: identity and independence
    • Differentiated learners
    • Pedagogical practices in the middle years
    • Curriculum practices in the middle years
    • Assessment practices in the middle years
    • Collaborative learning
    • Collaborative teaching
    • Relationships in the middle years
    • A personal philosophy
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Blog
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Glossary
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links

At the completion of this subject 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 - Personal Philosophy (25%)
  • Assignment 2 - Resource Development (50%)
  • Assignment 3 - Reflective Journal (25%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • GRF-EDN101
  • GRF-EDMY101

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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.

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