2020 unit information
Classes and seminars in Trimester 3, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of trimester.
Last updated: 5 October 2020
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD*, Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
Trimester 2: 2 x 3-hour seminars in weeks 1-4
Trimester 3: 1 x 2-hour seminars in weeks 1-11
Online independent and collaborative learning activities including weekly engagement with materials and responses in discussion forums
*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery
This unit aims to advance students' understanding of the critical role of communication within inclusive educational settings. Students will develop a deep understanding of language and communication and how they impact on both student learning and social and emotional development.
This unit will adopt a critical approach to the analysis of teacher communication skills and their role in building teacher-learner and family relationships in inclusive classrooms, while evaluating the range of communication practices required to build strong relationships with parents, professional learning teams, allied professionals and the wider community.
The role of teacher-learner communication in supporting positive classroom behaviour and interaction, and the impact of social and cultural diversity on the development of communicative competence will be explored.
Students will reflect on their communication skills in diverse contexts, critically analyse various tools for assessment of learner communication skills and plan learning to support students in literacy (including speaking and listening) and social interaction. Using case studies, key understandings of the impact of learning challenges on communication skills, including ASD, speech and language disorders and hearing loss will be developed. Working collaboratively, students will develop sophisticated understandings of these learners, enabling them to plan and design an effective learning program.
These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit
At the completion of this unit, successful students can:
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Apply theoretical understandings in order to grasp the critical role of communication for the development of an inclusive educational environment
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
Synthesise advanced knowledge of approaches to communication with a wide range of stakeholders and articulate its implications for an inclusive approach
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO5: Problem solving
Negotiate a shared view of the way communication skills can be formally and informally assessed and understand the impact of these on learning
Analyse student data from a range of assessment tools to develop strength based teaching strategies in relation to communication and social skills
Design effective learning strategies which caters for a diverse range of learners
Justify planning by articulating the links between assessment and intervention in effective communication both with peers and with stakeholders connected to the Inclusive Education community
These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year
Assessment 1 - Guided reflection: Guided reflections on communication in school environments
Written report with strong links to theory detailing a personal framework to guide and support inclusive communication practices
Equivalent to 750 words)
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Assessment 2 - Case Study including mini presentation: case study of a learner’s communication skills
“Mini presentation” in preparation for the final case study submission
The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.
The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: EIE704 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.
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