EDFX173 - Understanding the Psychology of Learning in Diverse Communities

10 cp
Prerequisites Nil
Teaching Organisation Nil

This unit explores a range of relevant theories to help pre–service teachers understand their own and others’ learning. It thus enables pre–service teachers to gain key knowledge for their central professional task of constructing effective learning environments. Particular emphasis is placed on relevant aspects of the learner, the teacher and their interrelationships as well as learner differences. As part of their studies, pre–service teachers will work in groups as learning communities. These experiences and the pre–service teachers’ experiences in early childhood and school settings will be used to provide a base for the concepts and theories of learning introduced in the unit. Pre–service teachers will develop knowledge of the variety of ways in which human beings can learn: become aware of different forms of learning – physical, perceptual, rote memorizing, meta–cognitive, narrative, analytical; understand human learning as an active process of meaning making; comprehend important theories of learning, cognition and intelligences and their cultural histories; and explore differences in learning styles and other individual and group differences in cognition and learning.

This study will assist pre–service teachers in developing strategies to help children and themselves to become more effective learners. Using technology as a tool for learning will be incorporated throughout the unit. In terms of the dimensions of quality pedagogy, this unit looks to the dimensions of intellectual quality (notably elements of deep knowledge, deep understanding, problematic knowledge, higher order thinking) and quality learning environment (with specific reference to elements of explicit quality criteria, engagement, high expectations, social support and student direction).

This unit aims to assist pre–service teachers to gain knowledge and understanding of the needs, value and influence of educational diversity and to engage effectively with this diversity in its many forms. Professional experience placements are offered in a range of educational settings such as schools, high support needs special schools, hospital education programs, refugee and community educational support programs and international, rural and remote teaching opportunities. This unit includes a module on working with children, young people and vulnerable adults that will focus on responding to concerns and strategies to keep ourselves and others safe and support children, young people and vulnerable adults.