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EDM5007 Cultivating Supportive Learning Environments

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 23 May 2022

Requisites

Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MELT or MPLT or MSLT
Enrolment is not permitted in EDM5007 if EDC2100 or ESB2100 has been previously completed

Overview

Creating supportive learning environments is a priority of preservice teacher education in Australia. It is central to Australia’s vision for education where improving educational outcomes for young Australians is crucial for their effective engagement with life. This course requires preservice teachers to understand theoretical, legislative, administrative, organisational policies and processes and the key principles described in codes of ethics and conduct to create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments. Consideration is given to strategies that support learners’ wellbeing and safety by understanding young children (babies, toddlers, three to five year olds)/children (Primary school aged children)/adolescent (Secondary school aged students) physical, social and intellectual development and how they learn within the school/centre and or system, curriculum and legislative requirements. The commitment to work effectively, sensitively and confidentially with parents/carers, external professionals and community representatives is emphasised to broaden teachers’ professional knowledge and experience. Preservice teachers will engage in a range of learning experiences, which builds verbal and non-verbal communication practices and differentiated teaching strategies designed to successfully meet the specific learning strengths and needs of learners across the full range of abilities; including learners from diverse, linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds and learners with disabilities. Practical approaches to manage challenging behaviours and to support the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching will be investigated. The course aims to provide purposeful learning and reflective opportunities to enable the development of an emerging teacher identity.

The aim of this preservice course is to enhance teacher efficacy and identity in contemporary learning environments. Current teaching practice advocates for the establishment of supportive inclusive environments and proactive differentiated teaching and learning strategies to promote learners' development, participation, engagement, wellbeing and safety.

The introduction focuses on the connections between relevant legislative, administrative, organisational policies and processes, codes of ethics and conduct and how they are founded on the physical, social and intellectual development of learners. Supportive behaviour theories and research into how students learn are critically reflected upon to inform differentiated teaching strategies to meet specific learning needs across the full range of abilities, including the strengths and needs of learners from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds and the participation and learning of learners with disability. Investigation and analysis of a teachers' effective relational skills and the significance of verbal and non-verbal communication and practical approaches to responding to challenging behaviours occur by identifying the causes and developing context specific and inclusive behaviour plans to support learners. Strategies for working effectively, sensitively and confidentially with parents/carers and engagement with external professionals and community representatives are explored to broaden teachers' professional knowledge and practice. The components and strategies that support learners' wellbeing and safety within centre/school/system, curriculum and legislative requirements will be appraised with an understanding of the relevant issues and strategies available to support the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching. The course provides an understanding that it is only when learners feel safe, secure and supported, with a sense of agency that they are able to grow and develop as confident learners with a strong sense of identity.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 23 May 2022