Unit aim

Heightens an awareness of diverse learning environments. This unit aims to identify possibilities and challenges whilst encouraging an appreciation of the value of difference. This unit introduces students to a range of strategies to engage the learner and enhance student outcomes. The unit has a block practicum period.

Unit content

Module One: Identifying difference 1.1 Orientation to the unit 1.2 Teachers make the difference 1.3 Identifying difference

Module Two: Responding to difference 2.1 What is differentiation? 2.2 Differentiation scaffolds 1 2.3 Differentiation scaffolds 2

Module Three: Defending difference 3.1 Assessment 3.2 Collecting evidence and making judgements 3.3 Recording and reporting evidence

Module Four: Differentiation in practice 4.1 Participation in 20-30 days of professional experience in school depending on individual course progressions

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

  • Dempsey, I & Arthur-Kelly, M, 2007, Maximising learning outcomes in diverse classrooms, Thomson, Melbourne, Victoria. ISBN: 978 0 17 012979 4.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours (10 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (10 weeks)
Critical Reflection40%
Lesson Plans60%
Professional Experience FolderSR

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Fee information


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