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EDM5001 Understanding Learners and Learning

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Student contribution band : National Priority - Teaching
ASCED code : 070100 - Teacher Education


Pre-requisite: EDM5000 and Students must be enrolled in the MOLT

Other requisites

Students must be available for a prescribed period of time to undertake a placement in a school or other approved site as required in this course.

State law in Queensland (Australia) requires that all adults working/undertaking Professional Experience practica/researching with children under the age of 18, in the state of Queensland must hold a valid Blue Card OR Exemption Card

If undertaking placement outside of Queensland you must ensure that all relevant checks are completed and evidence of this is provided to the Professional Experience Team //


This course will provide an introduction to key concepts about student development, specifically cognitive, physical and psychosocial development. The course will examine different explanations for learning, including the behaviourist, cognitive and social-learning perspectives. Individual differences (e.g., intelligence, motivation and social-cultural factors) and how they affect the learning process will also be examined. On the completion of this course, students will have an understanding of student development, which they will apply when designing effective educational environments that promote learning. Pre-service teachers will also develop the critical literacy skills to analyse and evaluate research literature. Embedded within the course is a 20 day Professional Experience under the supervision of a mentor teacher.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2016 Online
Semester 2, 2016 Online