Information on this page, including unit offerings, is from the 2020 academic year.
Learners and Learning Environments (EDN561)
|Availability||MURDOCH: AU7-internal, AU7-external|
|Description||Drawing on the field of Educational Psychology, this unit introduces students to the theory and research in the areas of child development, learning and teaching, and motivation and engagement. Students will discover how key theories and research shape effective teaching and learning. Engaging with these theories and research will assist students to gain an understanding of how children learn. Students will also develop an awareness of their own beliefs on teaching, learning and show how key theories and research underpin beliefs.|
|Unit Learning Outcomes||The learning outcomes for this unit are aligned with the Course Learning Outcomes (CLO) for the Master of
Teaching and the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST). On successful completion of this
unit students are expected to be able to:
The learning outcomes for this unit are aligned with the Course Learning Outcomes (CLO) for the Master of Teaching and
the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST). On successful completion of this unit students
will be able to:
1. Show an understanding of child development (physical, social, moral, emotional, and cognitive) and the developmental characteristics of students.
2. Connect their understandings of child development to effective teaching and learning.
3. Show an understanding of teaching and learning theories and approaches.
4. Connect their understandings of teaching and learning theories and key approaches to effective teaching and learning for students from diverse background and abilities.
5. Show an understanding of the theories and concepts on motivation and engagement
6. Connect their understandings of theories and concepts on motivation and engagement to the diverse backgrounds and abilities of students.
7. Discuss how their beliefs on effective teaching and learning are informed and supported by theory and research on child development, learning and teaching as well as motivation and engagement.
|Timetabled Learning Activities||Seminars: 2 hours per week over 10 weeks.|
|Unit Learning Experiences||This unit is presented through 10 topics via on-campus workshops or an on-line learning platform. Each
topic engages students in a range of learning activities including: engaging in scholarly readings, small and
large group discussion, investigating case studies and videos of classroom practice, critiquing approaches to
teaching and learning and independent research.
|Assessment||To enable students to demonstrate their development of the knowledge and skills identified in the learning
outcomes, this unit has two assessments. Assessment 1 (60%) requires students to demonstrate knowledge
of key theories/concepts related to child development, teaching and learning and motivation/engagement
through a series of concept analyses. In assessment 2 (40%) students will articulate a philosophy of
|Prerequisites||Enrolment in the Master of Teaching (Primary) and co-enrolment in, or successful completion of EDN5501 Transition to Teaching OR enrolment in the Master of Teaching (Secondary) and co-enrolment in, or successful completion of, EDN550 Transition to Teaching.|
|Notes||This unit is a prerequisite for EDN568 (MTeach Primary) and EDN584 (MTeach Secondary)|
|Previously||2015: 'Understanding the Learner and the Learning Environment'|
|Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
|Internet Access Requirements||Murdoch 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.|
Miss Claire Smith
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Miss Claire Smith
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