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Adolescent Health and Development (EDN446)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2E-internal, S2E-external
Description This unit provides an introduction to health education from primary to year 12 level with an emphasis on adolescent health and development. Understanding the interplay of emotional, social and physical development of children during adolescence, teachers can enhance students' learning. Health frameworks and curriculum development of the Yr. 11 and 12 Health Studies units will be a component of this unit.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the key features of adolescent development (physical, social, intellectual and emotional) and how these may impact on or affect learning.
2. Develop classroom strategies to create and maintain a safe and supportive learning environment.
3. Recognise and respond to the specific emotional and social needs of the adolescent.
4. Apply appropriate frameworks to support students at risk.
5. Understand relevant policy and practice in regard to legislative, administrative and teacher requirements that support adolescent safety and wellbeing.
6. Understand strategies for effective communication with parents, students and school support systems.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lecture 1 hour per week / Workshops 1 x 2 hours per week
Unit Learning Experiences The one-hour lecture provides theoretical content to be discussed further within the workshop time. Students engage in workshop activities that serve as the basis for discussion and application of the pedagogy of health in secondary schools. This may sometimes be in the form of an interactive lecture and workshop across the two hours.
Assessment There are 3 assessment components:
1. Essay - A whole school approach to healthy behaviours (35%)
2. Presentation - Adolescent health and development through the curriculum. (35%)
3. Engagement/written critique (30%)
Prerequisites Enrolment in a Bachelor of Education Secondary Teaching (B1328 or B1329)
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed EDN445 or EDN4451 may not enrol in this unit for credit
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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