Middle years constitute a special period of learning with distinct needs and there is often a mismatch between the learning needs and school organisation, curriculum and teaching. This unit will provide opportunities to apply the content, pedagogies and theories covered in previous units to the middle school context (years 7-10). Students will analyse, explore and evaluate inter-curricular and cross- curricular key learning area designs and approaches.
The transition between primary and secondary school needs to be done with care and the engagement of learners in the middle years is important to avoid alienation. The unit will explore middle years education and the essential requirements to meet the particular development needs of students in this age group.
Through this unit, students will develop an understanding of the shape of contemporary middle years internationally and specifically as it has developed in Australia. They will look at the broad changes that have taken place over past decades and look at the new risk society in which they live. No matter where or when it takes place, teaching and learning in the middle years of schooling will always be influenced by historical, economic, political and social contexts.
The unit will strengthen students' ability to think critically about the concept of adolescence and the ideas, principles and practices for taking the middle years agenda forward.
Prescribed Text - RETHINKING MIDDLE YEARS
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