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EDU8706 Differentiation

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 : 24 May 2022


A major challenge for teachers is the diversity that exists in all classrooms. Within the current context of inclusion it is vital for teachers to understand current approaches to addressing individual diverse learning needs and to be able to develop an effective inclusive classroom. A recommendation from the January 2016 senate report ? Access to real learning: the impact of policy, funding and culture on students with disability, involved equipping teachers to differentiate lesson plans for different learners. A variety of methods to cater for student difference will be explored including differentiation techniques based on a Universal Design for Learning framework. This will allow teachers to support the individualised learning needs of all students.

EDU8706 will introduce the development of inclusive education and allow students to draw on their prior knowledge in this area. The link from inclusive education will be made to the concept of differentiation and other frameworks such as Universal Design for Learning, in order to address diverse learning needs in the inclusive classroom. There will be a particular focus on the practical nature of employing theory in the classroom. Through pedagogical strategies, students will have the opportunities to practice applying the principles of differentiated curriculum. This will assist in the development of effective skills for classroom teachers and special education personnel. In this course students will be supported in their understanding of how to modify content and resources, and deliver instruction that is differentiated for students with a range of abilities. This course also examines working with other educators through co-teaching and collaboration.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 24 May 2022