Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedBerwick First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Penny Round


This introductory unit lays the foundation for this discipline stream and discusses the evolutionary trend of educating students with a range of diversities from special schools to inclusive schools. A key focus of the unit is on inclusive education. It provides an overview of the key issues related to the education of children with diverse needs including, but not limited to, disability, giftedness, mental health issues and those from non-English speaking backgrounds. It describes the various settings in which children with diverse needs are educated. Students understand how policies, legislation and research are influencing, and have influenced, classroom practices for children with diverse needs in Victoria, Australia and worldwide. The critical roles that school educators might play in ensuring the success of students with diverse needs in various educational setting are also covered.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. critically analyse how society and schools define and understand individual differences
  2. identify the range of educational settings available to students with diverse needs
  3. recognise how policies, legislation and research impacts on the education of children with diverse needs
  4. understand the critical roles teachers play in successfully teaching students with diverse needs in a variety of educational settings.


Research essay (1600 words, 40%)
Class presentation (2400 words equivalent, 60%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2 contact hours per week

Additional requirements:

  • 10 hours of independent study per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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