Teaching Methods & Techniques in Special Education

10 Units

Provides an introduction to the range of instructional strategies available to educators working with students with special needs. Issues considered include the translation of research into practice, the relationship of emerging approaches to integration and inclusion, individualised, small and large group instruction, and the contribution of efficacy studies to the field.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education
Availability Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

Learning Outcomes

Students will explore the theory, research and implementation of a range of teaching approaches used in special education, in the context of other variables such as educational settings, resourcing issues and emerging policy directions in the area.


Module 1: The Context of Special Education:

  1. Inclusive Curriculum
  2. Response to Intervention
  3. Universal Design for Learning
  4. Evidence-Based Practice in Special Education
  5. Progress Monitoring: Curriculum Based Assessment and Currriculum-Based

Module 2: Issues in the delivery of teaching and learning 6. Using Technology to meet diverse needs 7. Teaching for Generalisation and the importance of feedback

Module 3: Stimulus Control and Consequential Approaches 8. Applied Behaviour Analysis 9. Explicit Teaching, Direct Instruction and Mastery Learning

Module 4: Cognitive and Metacognitive Approaches 10. Strategy Instruction

Module 5: Social Emphasis Approaches 11. Reciprocal Teaching, Peer Tutoring, Co-operative Learning

Replacing Course(s) Nil
Transition Nil
Assumed Knowledge nil
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Task 1: Response Papers A 40% (2 x 20%) Analysis of key articles and reflection on issues Task 2: Response papers B (3 x 20%) Analysis of key articles and reflection on issues
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Self Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EDUC60881

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