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Adolescent, Family and Community Health (EDN581)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: SS2-internal, SS2-external
Description This unit provides an advanced understanding of adolescent health and development, as well as family and community partnership. 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. This unit provides the opportunity to delve deeply into specific needs of adolescents, and how evidence-based research provides guidance to understand the impact interactions with teachers, family, and the community to enhance student wellbeing.
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 school partnerships affect learning (GS 1.1, 7.3, 7.4).
2. Develop an awareness and understanding of family-school partnerships, and understand effective communication strategies with parents/carers, students and school support systems (GS 7.3, 7.4); understand the relevant legislative, administrative and organisational policies and processes required for teachers (GS7.2).
3. Demonstrate an understanding of strategies that connect learning at home and at school including effective feedback (GS 3.5, GS 5.2); encourage active parent and family engagement; build community identity through culture, traditions and relationships; and harness the collective skills and knowledge of schools and families to improve student learning (GS 1.2, 3.6, 3.7, 4.4).
4. Plan, structure, and sequence learning programs through creative use of teaching strategies that reflect an advanced understanding of the physical and intellectual development and characteristics of students, and how these may affect learning (GS 3.2, 3.3, 4.2, 4.3).
5. Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments, organise well-sequenced classroom activities and provide clear direction to students (GS 4.1,4.3,).
6. Engage in professional development and online learning to improve students' health and wellbeing (GS 6.2, 6.4).
Timetabled Learning Activities Lecture 1 hour per week
Workshop: 2 hours per week (10 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.
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
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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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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Ms Fiona Tan
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