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EDF6510 - Exceptionality: assessment, intervention and research

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Education

Leader: Dr L McLean


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


The psycho-educational study of exceptional children, adolescents and adults including learners with disabilities as well as those with academic and other talents. Topics include definitions and theoretical concepts, characteristics and classification, collaborative consultation and contemporary approaches to psychological and educational assessment and instructional planning across a range of human service systems. Legal, ethical and cross-cultural issues. Practical skills for facilitating effective communication and collaboration.


Upon successful completion of this unit, participants should have an understanding of the theoretical concepts and contemporary research that influences psychological and educational approaches for students with special needs within the current climate of inclusive education. They will have developed knowledge and skills appropriate to professional practice in collaboration with schools and community practitioners.


One practice SCERH application and discussion of an ethically complex research project: 20% (equivalent 1500 words)
Review paper and presentation (3000 words): 40%
Case study (3000 words): 40%

Contact hours

3 hours per week


Successful completion of EDF6511 and successful completion of an Australian Psychological Society (APS) accredited four year sequence in psychology