Current Issues in Special Education

10 Units

Introduces some of the issues which have been the topic of discussion, debate and research in Special Education in recent years. Among issues dealt with will be the nature of special education, inclusion, supporting a variety of needs, and collaborating with family and professionals. Students will be provided with readings and will be expected to prepare at least one paper which reflects an in-depth study of one of the topics being treated.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education
Availability Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 1 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)
  1. stimulates critical analysis of current issues in special education
  2. develop critical writing skills
  3. provides students with the opportunity to explore an area of interest
  1. What is special education?
  2. Abuse, discrimination and rights.
  3. Preventing special needs.
  4. Inclusion.
  5. Approaches to behaviour problems.
  6. Teacher quality and accountability.
  7. Collaboration with others.
  8. Families.
  9. Supporting diverse needs.

10.Controversial issues.

Replacing Course(s) Nil
Transition Nil
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Modes of Delivery External Mode
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Major paper (40%) Analyse the literature for one of the course topics (apart from that selected for assignment 2) using literature in addition to that provided.
  • Other: (please specify) - Analysis of key article (20%)Reflection on issues that develop from a key course reading
  • Other: (please specify) - Analysis of all articles in four topics (4 x 40%) Prepare a sysnthesis of arguments and themes in all the readings from four of the course's topics.
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6090

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