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EDO3112 Middle Years 2

Semester 2, 2015 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood

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Examiner: Tony Dowden
Moderator: Stephen Smith


The Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (MLEETYA, 2008) identified the middle years of schooling as a key priority for change in Australian Education in the first decade of the 21st Century. The middle years (understood as the provisions for students in the age range of 10-15) initiative is seen as addressing a number of issues pertaining to student wellbeing and engagement. Recent studies suggest that this is the stage when many students make least progress in learning with the gap between low and high achievers widening. Many students do not cope with the transition from traditional primary to secondary schooling. Increasing numbers of students lose their enthusiasm for learning and disengage from traditional classroom activities and teaching methods. This course aims to assist pre-service teachers to explore and develop an understanding of factors that might impact on early adolescent engagement, emotional wellbeing and success. This understanding will provide a basis for the creation of supportive and challenging learning environments that contribute to the health and success of middle learners.


This course will enable pre-service educators to develop competence in engaging early adolescents with purposeful learning. It will assist those enrolled to develop an understanding of factors which impact on adolescent learning including physical and emotional development, relationships and school or sector transitions. These factors will then be further explored within a school context as students propose classroom and whole school strategies to enhance student engagement, success, resilience, partnerships, tolerance and emotional wellbeing.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. identify and link aspects of adolescent development which impact on student wellbeing, behaviour and learning (Assignment 1; Professional Standards 1.1, 1.5, 4.4)
  2. explore and develop productive strategies to motivate and engage young adolescent learners (Assignments 1 and 2; Professional Standards 1.2, 3.1, 4.1)
  3. examine and propose class and whole school responses to contemporary issues impacting on middle years learners' success (Assignments 1 and 2; Professional Standards 4.1, 4.4)
  4. devise supportive classroom and school strategies to assist students to achieve success (Assignments 1 and 2; Professional Standard 4.1)
  5. demonstrate effective communication skills (Assignments 1 and 2)
  6. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing. (Assignments 1 and 2)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Factors impacting on adolescent learners' engagement and wellbeing (eg emotional development, motivations, relationships, transitions, alienation, pedagogy, curriculum) 25.00
2. What is success and how can middle schoolers achieve it? 10.00
3. Barriers to learning and positive teaching 10.00
4. Emotional wellbeing and resilience 30.00
5. Creating supportive and challenging learning environments 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There is no prescribed text for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Lee Manning, M & Bucher, K 2012, Teaching in the middle school, 4th edn, Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
  • McCaskill, W 2002, Children aren't made of China, The Game Factory, Greenwood, WA.
  • MYSA (Middle Years of Schooling Association),
  • Pendergast, D & Bahr, N 2010, Teaching middle years: rethinking curriculum, pedagogy and assessment, 2nd edn, Allen & Unwin, New South Wales.
  • Snipe, S 2007, Middle years schooling: reframing adolescence, Pearson, New South Wales.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 80.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 40 40 07 Sep 2015
ASSIGNMENT 2 60 60 26 Oct 2015

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students? responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at //

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.