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Children, Families and Communities (EDN332)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2E-internal, S2E-external
Description This unit studies the interaction and relationships between children, families, schools and the wider community. The unit specifically explores the knowledge, understandings and skills needed to work effectively with children and families in ways that respect diversity, support childrens' learning and engage the community. The aim is to develop both the knowledge and the skills that educators need for working with children and families in ways that both respect diversity and support students varied learning interests and needs.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Demonstrate knowledge of ecological and systemic frameworks that explain family structure and function in context;
2. 2. Identify family characteristics that affect children's development and learning;
3. 3. Demonstrate knowledge of strategies that support successful collaboration with families and communities;
4. 4. Demonstrate specific skills for communicating with families and community agents in a range of ways;
5. 5. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical considerations and legal frameworks relevant to working with families at risk
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; workshops: 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit combines lectures with interactive workshops that include group activities, collective and individual reflections, case-based or video-based discussions of practice, discussion of readings, and role-play.
Other Learning Experiences The unit includes three lectures run by invited speakers who are representatives of the Department of Education and different community agencies. These lectures are essential for students to become familiar with ethical guidelines and legal responsibilities relevant to the profession and they afford opportunities for students to reflect upon school-community connections.
Assessment The unit comprises two assignments (30% and 50%) and four quizzes (20%). Assignment two includes a 30% supervised presentation. All assessment components must be submitted in order for students to pass the unit. Students should expect quantitative feedback as well as qualitative comments on their work with a focus on specific areas of improvement.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a teacher education course. BEd students must ALSO have successfully completed EDU101/EDU1011 Introduction to Teaching AND EDU103 Principles of Language and Literacy; OR BED150/EDN112 Understanding Teachers' Work AND EDN111 Language for Learning and Teaching. BEd students should be enrolled in or have successfully completed a Part II Professional Experience unit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Early Childhood and Primary Teaching (BEd) [New in 2019]
Primary Teaching (BEd) [New in 2014]
Primary, 1-10 Health and Physical Education (BEd) [New in 2014]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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