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EEL702 - New and Traditional Literacies and Diverse Student Needs

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Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:A Cloonan


This unit draws on contemporary knowledge about diversity of student learning needs and the teaching and learning of new and traditional literacies. In contemporary classrooms, the diversity apparent in student cohorts is increasingly recognised as are the funds of knowledge students bring to learning contexts. In the contemporary communications environment, the nature of texts and meaning-making is being altered by new technologies requiring expanded definitions of literacy.


Through the use of core and elective materials, these units explore ways in which teachers can engage diverse student cohorts in the development of new and traditional literacies. Core materials engage students with current debates, issues in the field, teaching strategies and resources. Core materials emphasise the importance of drawing on students' strengths and funds of knowledge and empowering them through the use of literacies.


Participants then select a specific area on which to focus their study. Participants specialise through engagement with elective and self-sourced materials. They may focus on developing ways of engaging and teaching literacies to students with particular special educational needs (for example, students with emotional, behavioural needs). Or they may choose to investigate a literacies related issue (for example, motivation through connecting with funds of knowledge or engagement through ICT). Within the selected specialisation, participants research, develop, implement and reflect on a school-based application of their learning. Students will develop ways of applying their knowledge with either students or colleagues.


There will be two pieces of assessment (50% each) related to participants' chosen area of study:

  1. Critical reflection on readings related to EITHER literacy learning of students with a particular special educational need OR a literacies issue.
  2. Application of participants' learning from the study through design, implementation and reflection on EITHER specific teaching approaches used with a student/s with special educational needs OR presentation of a literacies issue related to students with special educational needs.

    Assessments will total approximately 6000 words or equivalent.

Unit Fee Information

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* Student contribution rate for Commonwealth Supported students who commenced studies from 2010
** Student contribution rate for Commonwealth Supported students who commenced studies from 2009
*** Student contribution rate for Commonwealth Supported students who commenced studies from 2008
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