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Learning and Teaching (EDN221)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1E-internal, S1E-external
Description EDN221 addresses learning processes and teaching for effective learning. Students will explore key theories associated with learning and motivation, as well as learner cognitive, social and emotional development. Students are provided with opportunities to better understand themselves as learners and develop ideas about their intended teaching practice. By understanding how effective learning and teaching is informed by research in educational psychology, this unit enables students to begin developing their own emerging philosophy of teaching and learning and effective practice in learning environments.
Unit Learning Outcomes The learning outcomes for this unit are aligned with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST).
On successful completion of this unit students are expected to be able to:
1. Understand and explain the key theories associated with effective learning processes;
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the cognitive, social and emotional development and characteristics of students, and how these may affect learning;
3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research into how students learn and the implications for teaching;
4. Identify teaching strategies that will meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities;
5. Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning, and establish challenging learning goals that are appropriate for students of varying abilities and characteristics;
6. Demonstrate knowledge of and use a range of resources, including ICT, that engage students in their learning;
7. Identify strategies to support inclusive student participation and engagement in classroom activities;
8. Demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and apply it to practice; and
9. Evaluate views of learning to develop an understanding of own emerging philosophy of teaching and learning and how this can be applied in learning contexts.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; workshops: 2 hours per week
Unit Learning Experiences Throughout this unit, students will engage with the key concepts through a range of activities including lectures, workshops and online learning activities (such as reflections, quizzes, case study analysis and forum discussions). Learning activities are designed to enable students to engage with current research regarding teaching and learning, as well as recent developments in the profession and audio-visual examples of best practice.
Assessment In this unit, students will be assessed by two assignments and one exam. The criteria for each assessment task are aligned both with the unit objectives as well as the Graduate Professional Standards for Teachers (AITSL). In both assignments students will receive feedback via the assignment marking sheet as well as through comments throughout the assignments.
Assignment 1 The developing learner - 30%
Assignment 2 My approach to teaching for effective learning - 40%
Exam - 30%
Prerequisites Successful completion of BED150/EDN112/EDN1121 Understanding Teachers' Work, and EDN111 Language for Learning and Teaching
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed EDU242 Learning and Assessment: Theory and Practice or EDU245 Learning and Assessment Processes may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: 'Learning, Teaching and Assessment 1'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Advanced Mathematics Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary Teaching) (BEd(EC&PrimTeach))
Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) (BEd(PrimTeach))
Bachelor of Education (Primary, 1-10 Health and Physical Education) (BEd Primary 1-10 HPE)
Bachelor of Education (Secondary Teaching) (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Biology and Environmental Science Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Biology and Human Biology Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Chemistry Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Earth and Environmental Science Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
English Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Geography and Economics (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
History (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Mathematics Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Physical Education Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Physics Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Politics (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Primary, 1-10 Health and Physical Education (BEd) [New in 2014]
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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Dr Helen Dempsey

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6263
e: h.dempsey@murdoch.edu.au
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MURDOCH: S1E-External
MURDOCH: S1E-Internal
Dr Helen Dempsey

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6263
e: h.dempsey@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.020 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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