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Learners and Learning Environments (EDN561)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: AU7-internal, AU7-external
Description This unit focuses on learners and learning environments. It addresses major theories of learning and development, with particular emphasis on motivation and learner cognitive, social and emotional development. Drawing on the field of Educational Psychology, the unit enables students to understand research about learning and the implications for effective learning and teaching practice. Throughout the unit, students will develop awareness of their own beliefs and approaches to learning and show how key theories and research will underpin their teaching practice.
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:
1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the physical and intellectual development and characteristics of students, and how these may affect learning
2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research into how students learn and the implications for teaching
3. Identify teaching strategies that will enhance students' learning processes
4. Use understanding of learner development and learning processes to plan for effective teaching and learning
5. Demonstrate knowledge of and use a range of resources, including ICT, that engage students in their learning
6. Identify strategies to support inclusive student participation and engagement in classroom activities
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminars: 2 hours per week over 10 weeks.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit is presented in 9 topics and uses a blended learning approach, combining online learning with on campus seminars. Each topic engages students in a range of learning activities, including responding to readings, investigating classroom practices, viewing and critiquing approaches to teaching and learning, researching key issues and engaging in discussions about effective learning processes. As a key theme in this unit is the connection between research and effective learning and teaching practices, students will also reflect on their classroom experiences in light of their learning. Effective teachers are life long learners who are able to work independently and use a range of motivation and regulation strategies to maximise their success. Effective teachers are also skilled in collaborating with others to achieve common goals and to support one another through ongoing professional learning. In this unit students are strongly encouraged to search for their own support materials to complement their learning and begin building resources for their teaching career. Students are also expected to work collaboratively with others, participate in set activities each week and make connections between this unit and other units in the degree.
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 (50%) requires students to demonstrate knowledge of cognitive development and implications for learning and teaching (Learning outcomes 1 and 2).
In assessment 2 (50%) students will develop a philosophy of teaching, illustrate the key ideas through an annotated lesson plan, and justify intended practices by referring to research regarding teaching and learning (Learning outcomes 2 - 6).
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.
Previously 2015: 'Understanding the Learner and the Learning Environment'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Master of Teaching (Primary) (MTeachPrim) [New in 2015]
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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