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EED306 Diverse Learners (8)


In this subject students will learn to critically challenge, extend, and articulate a philosophical approach to building respectful and effective communication and relationships with diverse students, families and communities. They will develop deep knowledge and understanding of a range of diverse contexts, languages and social practices that impact on children’s development and learning. Students will engage with a community support agency to observe and collaboratively develop an approach to a specific group of learners, present a peer seminar that outlines and addresses the learners’ specific backgrounds and learning needs and articulate elements of a personal philosophy that addresses the learning needs of diverse young children.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Teacher Education

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe appropriate strategies for supporting the development of literacies for children for whom English is a second or third language;
  • be able to communicate and work with groups within the community who are resources for teachers and who can provide support for work with children;
  • be able to plan for support of learning of children from diverse backgrounds and those with diverse needs in the classroom;
  • be able to establish a respectful connection with members of a specific community characterized as "diverse" in order to develop their cultural competence and deepen their understanding of aspects of children's lives and their learning needs;
  • be able to reflect on personal responses to diverse backgrounds and contexts and articulate elements of a personal philosophy that addresses the learning needs of diverse young children;
  • be able to engage with agencies who can assist in working with young children, teachers in the field who have worked with diverse children and demonstrate an understanding of what is required to apply for support, implement a program and report on progress to interagency specialists and families;
  • demonstrate deep knowledge and understanding of a range of diverse needs and contexts that impact on children' s development and learning;
  • have contributed to community projects including groups who work with children who are refugees, breakfast clubs, community clubs, homework centres and children who are identified as at risk.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Defining diversity
  • Researching diverse contexts: formulating a problem
  • Forming a learning partnership with a support agency
  • Documenting and respectfully representing situated knowledges
  • Conducting a learning needs analysis
  • Articulating a personal philosophy and approach to diverse learners


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.