Unit description

Introduces students to the foundation concepts of learning and teaching from an educational psychology perspective. Students analyse strategies, policies, legislation, and various theories and models of learning, in order to design positive instructional approaches for Aboriginal students and students from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Unit content

Module 1: The psychology of learning and teaching

  • Foundation Issues
  • Developmental Issues
  • Models of Learning and Teaching
  • Complex Cognition & Instructional Design

Module 2: Teaching students from non-English speaking backgrounds

  • Government policies and legislation of relevance; ethical issues related to education in a culturally and linguistically diverse society
  • Understanding ESL pedagogy and ESL learners
  • Concepts of culture, identity and cultural diversity in education and impact of cultural and linguistic factors on student performance
  • Strategies and issues in relation to education of linguistic minority students including nature and duration of second language and literacy learning: Literacy strategies to meet specific NESB student needs
  • Skills in applying culturally inclusive practices in relation to curriculum, classroom teaching and assessment
  • Effective teaching and learning strategies for teaching second language learners in the context of the mainstream classroom and the range of learning areas

Module 3: Aboriginal Education

  • Aboriginal history and cultures and their significance for the diversity of Aboriginal perspectives
  • Concepts of culture, Aboriginal English, identity and cultural diversity and impact of cultural and linguistic factors on performance of Aboriginal students
  • National and NSW educational priorities and policies that impact on Aboriginal education
  • Aboriginal perspectives embedded in relevant syllabuses
  • Relevant issues for Aboriginal students and community in relation to schooling
  • Roles of Aboriginal support personnel within systems and at school and the contribution of Indigenous education and community organisations in improving learning outcomes for Aboriginal students
  • Effective teaching and learning strategies for meeting needs of Aboriginal students
  • Strategies of full inclusion of Aboriginal students in the educational life of the classroom and school

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • This custom text has been prepared for the educational psychology module: Compiled by Dr Tony Yeigh, 2013, EDU10714 The Inclusive Classroom: Module 1 the Psychology of teaching & learning. Custom book edition , Pearson Education , Frenchs Forest, NSW.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hr (10 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hrs (10 weeks)
Discussion board35%


Teaching method
Tutorial online 2 hrs (10 weeks)
Discussion board35%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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