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Literacy and Learning (EDN563)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: AW1-internal, AW1-external
Description This unit focuses on strategies for meeting the literacy-learning needs of diverse learners. Informed by evidence-based practice and recent theoretical understandings, participants will identify strategies to support literacy learning through a balanced approach to listening, speaking, reading and writing, using a wide range of texts across all learning areas at each Primary level. Considerations of gender, and social, cultural and language background will be taken into account. Participants will explore strategies for supporting language and literacy development in Primary classrooms.
Unit Learning Outcomes Unit Learning Outcomes forthis unit are aligned with the Course Learning Outcomes for the Master of Teaching and the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. On successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:
1. Understand the role of language in supporting literacy learning
2. Understand social and cultural features of language learning
3. Understand the conditions which support literacy learning
4. Understand some key grammatical features of written language, and begin to use this understanding
5. Use literacy understandings to make informed choices about your language use as a speaker, reader, writer and viewer, and/or to inform your future planning for learning and teaching, appropriate to the primary school context
6. Develop research skills such as interviewing and analysing texts
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminars: 3 hour workshop each week for the first 7 weeks of S1.
Unit Learning Experiences Interactive learning and participation are fundamental to the learning experiences in this unit. Internal students attend advanced seminars through the semester and engage in regular on-line discussion and sharing of ideas using Blackboard Collaborate.
Throughout the unit, students will reflect on their own language- and literacy-learning experiences. All students are expected to engage with one another by sharing their insights into the language and literacy of their specialist learning areas through online discussion.
Reading aloud is known to help children develop sensitivity to the rhythms and patterns of the written language. Students will be expected to develop their reading-aloud skills in small-group reading activities.
Assessment Assignment One: Literacy Project (interview and shared reading experience with a primary school student) 60%
Assignment Two: Presentation explaining findings from Literacy Project (see Assignment Two) 40 %
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Master of Teaching (Primary) and successful completion of EDN5501 Transition to Teaching.
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Master of Teaching (Primary) (MTeachPrim) [New in 2015]
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.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor Wendy Cumming-Potvin
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2192
e: W.Cumming-Potvin@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.006 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: AW1-External
MURDOCH: AW1-Internal
Associate Professor Wendy Cumming-Potvin
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2192
e: W.Cumming-Potvin@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.006 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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