Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The focus in this subject is on the areas of learning differences and learning disabilities. Issues such as poverty, homelessness and substance abuse are investigated, particularly as they relate to school responsiveness and pedagogy. Particular areas of high incidence difference, such as Austism Spectrum Disorder, are selected for attention. The complex nature of learning disabilities is also analysed. School and teacher responsiveness to difference is analysed, including individualised learning plans and approaches to differentiating the curriculum.

FacultyFaculty of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSusan Bennett

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEducating children with diverse abilitiesRecommendedAshman, A., & Elkins, J. (eds) (2005)2ND ED, FRENCHS FOREST, NSW: PEARSON/PRENTICE HALL
ReadingsHow to differentiate instruction in mixed-ability classroomsRecommendedTomlinson, C. (2005)2ND ED, UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NEW JERSEY: PEARSON EDUCATION
ReadingsInclusion in actionRecommendedForeman, P. (ed) (2011)3RD ED, SOUTH MELBOURNE: CENGAGE
ReadingsSpecified Journal articlesRecommended(Links provided on LMS)VARIOUS
ReadingsThe differentiated classroom: responding to the needs of all learnersRecommendedTomlinson, C. (2005)UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NEW JERSEY: PEARSON EDUCATION

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2014, Week 27-38, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSusan Bennett

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 27 - 27
Two 4.0 hours lecture/seminar per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 27 to week 27 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Two preliminary half-day sessions at the on-campus intensive."

Scheduled Online Class
One 2.0 hours scheduled online class per week on any day including weekend and delivered via blended.
"Directed on-line learning activities."


Assessment elementComments%
Case Study - Create an ILP and Description of ILP collaborative planning(equivalent 2000 words)50
Online Quiz (2,000 words equivalent)50