This unit (EEE3006) will analyse the premise that schools do not exist in isolation from the society which surrounds them, and that they are part of a complex socio-ecological system. The study will examine social diversity in the wider community and how this is reflected in schools and the classroom. The ways in which teachers can cater for the needs of particular students due to gender differences, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, cultural heritage and socio-economic environments will be explored. In the unit you will examine the social, cultural, economic and political trends which impact upon schooling and which contribute to its complexity.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate their knowledge and understanding of the social, political and economic factors impacting on young people in the secondary years of schooling and identify strategies to support inclusive participation;  
  2. Justify the purposes of developing relationships with the wider school community and present approaches for facilitating community connections; and  
  3. Articulate the ways in which students' gender, family and cultural backgrounds can influence their schooling experience and identify pedagogical approaches to address these.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Essay Essay. 50%
Other Peer teaching & review. 50%
Effective word limit of 3000 words, or equivalent.

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