EDF4551 - Collaborative principles, partnerships and procedures - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Dr Megan Adams

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit recognises that collaboration and ongoing consultation among teachers, administrative and support personnel, parents, students, allied health professionals and agency representatives are essential for teachers working with children with diverse needs in a variety of educational settings. The unit enables students to identify and develop the skills of collaboration and promote positive inter-professional practice in the workplace. Students are encouraged to identify key stakeholders when working collaboratively, as well as the issues that can occur when working as joint partners with others, including potential sources of conflict. Finally, students are encouraged to critically analyse the advantages and disadvantages of working inter-professionally and the need to evaluate collaborative practice.


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

  1. critically operationalise collaborative inter-professional practice, including the identification of key stakeholders
  2. analyse and develop strategies and skills to promote, implement and evaluate inter-professional practice
  3. compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of working collaboratively and identify ways of strengthening the integration of the different services for students with diverse needs in a variety of educational settings
  4. identify and promote strategies which promote collaborative practice at an organisational and practice level.


Essay (2000 words, 50%)

Class presentation (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 2 contact hours per week
  2. Additional requirements
    • 10 hours of independent study per week

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Chief examiner(s)

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