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EDM5001 Understanding Learners and Learning

Short Description: Understand Learners & Learning
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 070199 - Teacher Education not elsewher
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 5 December 2021


Pre-requisite: EDM5000 or EDM5014

Other Requisites

Students are required to register and pay the test fee for LANTITE which is administered and managed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).
Satisfactory completion of both components of the LANTITE is required prior to enrolling in EDM8100 because it is the capstone course for the final supervised placement and the GTPA.

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.

Before commencing this course students will be assumed to have read the full details of Professional Experience particulars and familiarised themselves with the requirements. Please see the Education Placement Professional Experience website and the Professional Experience Book for full details.

State law in Queensland (Australia) requires that all adults working/undertaking professional experience/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 office

Students need to lodge their blue card application or renewal online . Students will need to register with blue card services and validate their identification online. If successful, the student will be provided an online account number to send to the Professional Experience Team to ensure there are no delays with their placement. Students will not be able to commence their placement without a current blue card. USQ recommends students lodge their renewal at least 28 days prior to the expiry of their current card.

Where a student is denied approval for a blue card, enrolment in any initial teacher education program will be withdrawn (refer to

If undertaking Professional Experience outside of Queensland, students are advised to check the Working with Children requirements of the state within which Professional Experience will be undertaken (refer to


This course will provide an introduction to key concepts about learner 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, preservice teachers will have an understanding of learner development, which they will utilise to promote creativity, confidence and life-long learning through their professional practice (Alice Springs Education Declaration, 2019: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia, 2019). Preservice 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 registered teacher. Preservice teachers in the Early Years (MELT) program will attend professional experience in a primary school (Foundation - Year 3) The professional experience for preservice teachers in the Primary (MPLT) program will require a placement in a primary school (Foundation - Year 6). The professional experience for preservice teachers in the Secondary (MSLT) program will require placement in year levels from Year 7 to Year 12. which is guided by, but not limited to, their nominated teaching areas.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2021 External
Semester 2, 2021 External
Semester 3, 2021 External
Date printed 5 December 2021