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Adolescent, Family and Community Health (EDN581)

School School of Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: ST4-internal, ST4-external
Description This unit provides an advanced understanding of adolescent health and development. It shows how, by understanding the interplay of the emotional, social and physical development of young people and their families, teachers can enhance students' learning in the secondary years. Identifying skills to support students that both respect diversity and varied learning styles, interests and needs, as they navigate through this stage of development can enhance student wellbeing, self-actualisation and ameliorate community connectedness.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. To demonstrate an advanced understanding of the physical, intellectual development and characteristics of students in the stages of adolescent development, and how these may affect learning.(GS1.1)
2. Recognise particular family characteristics and circumstances that may present challenges for children, families and teachers during the adolescent stage of development; (GS 1.1,1.2)
3. Create, integrate and provide an evidenced-based rationale for learning activities that reflect an advanced understanding of the physical and intellectual development and characteristics of students, and how these may affect learning. (GS 4.3)
4. Demonstrate specific skills for communicating with families in a range of ways; and
identify some of the ethical issues inherent in working with families(GS 7.3).
5. Understand relevant policy and practice in regard to legislative, administrative and teacher requirements that support adolescent safety and wellbeing. (GS 4.4, 7.2)
6. Understand strategies for effective communication with parents, students and school support systems. (GS 7.3, 7.4)
7. Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments, organise well-sequenced classroom activities and provide clear direction to students.(GS 4.1,4.3,)
Timetabled Learning Activities Lecture 1 hour per week
Workshop: 2 hours per week (9 weeks)
Unit Learning Experiences The one-hour lecture provides theoretical content to be discussed, evaluate and apply 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 will be in the form of an interactive lecture, small group discussion, scenario critique and workshop across the two hours.
Other Learning Experiences Field trip to a school (TBC) contextualise and case study of student wellbeing program or initiative that aligns with Task 1.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Master of Teaching (Secondary) and completion of, or co-enrolment in, EDN550 Transition to Teaching.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed EDN446 Adolescent Health and Development may not enrol in this unit for credit
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Master of Teaching (Secondary) (MTeach(Sec))
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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