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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 needs is increasingly recognised as are the funds of knowledge students bring to learning contexts and the desirability of student voice. 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, this unit involves participants in investigating ways in which teachers can engage the diverse students they work with in developing new and traditional literacies. Core materials engage participants 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 a range of literate practices. Participants then select a specific area on which to focus their study.


Participants specialise through engagement with elective materials and employ research skills to self-source materials related to their interest. They may focus on developing ways of engaging and teaching literacies to students with particular educational 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.


1. Critical reflection essay 50%. Critical reflection essay on research readings on a negotiated topic (2500-3000 words)


2. Application of learning (series of lessons OR presentation) 50%. Application of learning based on research (design, implementation and reflection on a series of literacy sessions or a digital resource to support personalised student learning) (2500-3000 words or equivalent)



  1. Completion and documentation of 2 days of professional development relating to the Practicum Case Study.
  2. Knowledge of relevant support services related to the field


Students who fail a hurdle requirement will be ineligible for a Pass Conceded grade for that unit and will receive a result of no more than 44% for that unit, waived under special consideration arrangements.

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