EDED20458 - Literacy and Numeracy in Secondary
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

Knowing and understanding literacy and numeracy teaching strategies and their application to teaching areas in secondary schools is the focus of this unit. In this unit you will learn how to identify literacy and numeracy needs of secondary school students so you are able to implement learning activities to address appropriate learning requirements for individuals and groups. You will explore contemporary strategies and approaches to teaching literacy and numeracy to enable you to plan, assess and report on individual student literacy and numeracy capabilities. You will investigate the techniques that will enable you to identify the specific literacy and numeracy deficiencies that students may have, so you are able to provide appropriate learning support. Pedagogical strategies to address the needs of learners in literacy and numeracy are developed, to enable the appropriate design, implementation and evaluation of teaching, learning and assessment strategies, that facilitate and enhance student learning. This unit also requires the development and maintenance of your personal literacy and numeracy skills together with critically reflective practices to enhance your professional learning.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 40%
2. Portfolio 60%
3. Off-campus Activity Pass/Fail

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
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  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
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  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Positive satisfaction ratings in the course evaluation survey. Moodle Course Evaluation Survey Maintain current course structure with continuous improvements to course content and assessment as previously noted.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Identify and critique contemporary issues shaping the teaching of literacy and numeracy in secondary school teaching areas
  2. Effectively design pedagogical strategies that accomplish learning in literacy and numeracy for secondary school students
  3. Develop and maintain personal literacy and numeracy competence
  4. Reflect critically on professional practice.

Successful completion of this unit provides opportunities for students to demonstrate the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers focus areas of:1.3 Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds
2.3 Curriculum, assessment and reporting
2.5 Literacy and numeracy strategies
2.6 Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
3.1 Establish learning goals
3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
3.3 Use teaching strategies
3.4 Select and use resources
6.1 Identify and plan professional learning needs
6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice
6.4 Apply professional learning and improve student learning

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)    
2 - Portfolio  
3 - Off-campus Activity    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Knowledge
2. Communication
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4. Research    
5. Self-management  
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7. Leadership        

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Online Quiz(zes)    
2 - Portfolio  
3 - Off-campus Activity  

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • USB headphones/mic (Distance students)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorCorey Bloomfield (c.bloomfield@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction to Teaching Literacy and Numeracy

Week 2 13-03-2017 Literacy Skills 1
Numeracy Skills 1
Week 3 20-03-2017

Literacy Skills 2
Numeracy Skills 2

Literacy Skills 1 Quiz
Numeracy Skills 1 Quiz

Week 4 27-03-2017 Literacy Skills 3
Numeracy Skills 3

Literacy Skills 2 Quiz
Numeracy Skills 2 Quiz

Week 5 03-04-2017 Literacy Skills 4
Numeracy Skills 4

Literacy Skills 3 Quiz
Numeracy Skills 3 Quiz

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Literacy Skills 5
Numeracy Skills 5

Literacy Skills 4 Quiz
Numeracy Skills 4 Quiz

Week 7 24-04-2017

Literacy Skills 6
Numeracy Skills 6

Literacy Skills 5 Quiz
Numeracy Skills 5 Quiz

Week 8 01-05-2017

Teaching Literacy and
Numeracy in Secondary
Schools

Literacy Skills 6 Quiz
Numeracy Skills 6 Quiz

Week 9 08-05-2017 Social and political influences on literacy and numeracy
Week 10 15-05-2017 Understanding multiliteracies
Week 11 22-05-2017 Scaffolding for literacy and numeracy
Week 12 29-05-2017 Assessing literacy and numeracy development
Planning for Teaching Literacy and Numeracy Due Monday (29 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

To be eligible to pass this unit, you must:

  • Complete 8 Embedded Professional Learning days to a satisfactory standard (see below)
  • Attend the compulsory Residential School (see below)
  • Submit all assessment items by the due date, or with a formally approved extension
  • Achieve an average passing grade across all assessment items

Embedded Professional Learning component
This unit has been designed to take advantage of the considerable time students spend in schools/learning sites, thus ensuring the authenticity of the learning experiences in which they participate where knowledge is demonstrated through actual performance. This concept is emphasised in not having discrete courses for the professional experiences component of this program pre-Internship. Instead each course, including this course, has an Embedded Professional Learning (EPL) component. In addition to the assessment components listed in this course profile, students must complete 8 Embedded Professional Learning Learning (EPL) days to a satisfactory standard in order to achieve an overall pass grade for this course. The applied learning (portal) task/s for this course are completed during the Embedded Professional Learning days.

Residential School AttendanceEach unit in the GDLT has a compulsory Residential School for all students held on the Rockhampton Campus. Failure to attend the Residential School may result in a grade of Fail for this unit. The dates for the Residential Schools are published in the on-line CQUniversity Handbook. It is the responsibility of each student to:

  • ensure they are in attendance at each Residential School;
  • organise their own transport to and from Rockhampton for the Residential School; and,
  • organise their own accommodation whilst in Rockhampton for the duration of the Residential School.

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Literacy Skills and Numeracy Skills Weekly Quizzes
Task Description

High standards of literacy and numeracy are important to ensure that teacher education students have the requisite skills that are essential for carrying out the intellectual demands of teaching. Within accreditation requirements, pre-service teachers must meet a set minimum standard of literacy and numeracy competence. To assist you to meet the requirements for literacy and numeracy competence, this task focuses on supporting your personal literacy and numeracy competence.

You will be assessed on your personal competence through 12 quizzes that will consist of multiple choice or one word/short answers.

There will be 10 questions in each Quiz. (12 quizzes x 10 questions per quiz = 120 questions, aggregated to become a mark out of 40% for this task).

There will be a literacy and a numeracy test each week from Week 3 – 9 linking to Topic 2 - 8 as indicated below:
Quiz 1a & b will be in Week 3 and will link to Topic 2
Quiz 2a & b will be in Week 4 and will link to Topic 3
Quiz 3a & b will be in Week 5 and will link to Topic 4
Quiz 4a & b will be in Week 6 and will link to Topic 5
Quiz 5a & b will be in Week 7 and will link to Topic 6
Quiz 6a & b will be in Week 8 and will link to Topic 7

You must receive a pass standard (minimum mark of 20/40) to be eligible to pass this task.

The tests will be located within the Assessment Block on the left hand side of the front page of the Moodle site for this unit and will be released each week from Week 3.

Each test will be timed and must be completed within that timeframe.

Each test will be open only for the week that test is set with each test being open from 12.00am Monday - 11.59pm Sunday of that week.

You are eligible for one attempt only for each quiz. If you do not attempt a quiz, a mark of 0 will be recorded for that attempt.

Further information will be provided within the on-line sessions for this unit.

Number of Quizzes 12
Frequency of Quizzes Weekly
Assessment Due Date There will be a literacy and a numeracy test each week from Week 3 – 9 linking to Topic 2 - 8 as indicated above.
Return Date to Students The score for each quiz will be available on-line after the completion of each quiz
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria
You will be assessed on your personal competence through 12 quizzes that will consist of multiple choice or one word/short answers. Each quiz will be based on the content covered within the Topic the Quiz links to.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Submission Online

Quizzes to be completed on-line weekly through the Moodle site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Develop and maintain personal literacy and numeracy competence

4. Reflect critically on professional practice.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



2 Portfolio

Assessment Title Planning for Teaching Literacy and Numeracy
Task Description

This task is designed to help you understand and demonstrate the teacher's role in planning for literacy and numeracy within your teaching areas.

You are required to consider the explicit teaching required to enhance student capabilities in one of the areas of literacy or numeracy.

For this task you are to:

  • Select a unit of work/module for one of your teaching areas (other than English). This might be one written by a teacher, provided by QCAA or be a sample unit from the Australian Curriculum. Include the original (or link) as an appendix. Briefly describe the intended learning of the unit and the grade for which it is designed (1 paragraph).
  • Consult the Australian Curriculum statements about literacy and numeracy capabilities and then identify the literacy OR numeracy learning demands of the unit or work/module. [If you are choosing Mathematics as a teaching area, you must select literacy here.] This section can be presented as a discussion, a list, diagram or concept map (1 page).
  • Provide an overview of where you will address these capabilities within the unit/module. This means you will need to map out the learning over a period and indicate where literacy or numeracy learning will need to be addressed (1-2 pages).
  • From the overview, design a series (3-5) of activities that will show how you will explicitly address literacy or numeracy in your teaching area at particular points in the unit/module. Include a description of the teaching and learning activity, the intended literacy or numeracy outcomes, resources, texts, groupings and strategies (1 page per activity).
  • Write a 2-page theorised rationale explaining:

o How your activities address the literacy or numeracy demands of your chosen teaching subject area.
o How your activities link to contemporary teaching practice in your chosen teaching subject area
o How you have designed activities that link to the literacy and numeracy demands of your chosen teaching subject area
o How your designed activities develop in students the disposition that literacy and numeracy are required outside and beyond school for lifelong well-being.
o You will need to make reference to readings, relevant policies, curriculum etc. Your rationale should also reflect contemporary understandings and theories of literacy (as a socio-cultural practice) and numeracy.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Monday (29-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Feedback on this final assessment response will be provided following moderation and prior to the Date of Certification of Grades for the Term.
Weighting 60%
Assessment Criteria
  • Knowledge and understanding of literacy or numeracy learning demands of a specified unit of work or module.
  • Knowledge and understanding of appropriate pedagogy to support literacy and numeracy within a particular unit of work or module.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the theoretical principles underpinning literacy or numeracy teaching and learning.
  • Communication demonstrating personal literacy competence.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

One .doc or .docx file to be uploaded

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Identify and critique contemporary issues shaping the teaching of literacy and numeracy in secondary school teaching areas

2. Effectively design pedagogical strategies that accomplish learning in literacy and numeracy for secondary school students

4. Reflect critically on professional practice.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



3 Off-campus Activity

Assessment Title Embedded Professional Learning
Task Description

This unit has been designed to take advantage of the considerable time students spend in schools/learning sites, thus ensuring the authenticity of the learning experiences in which they participate where knowledge is demonstrated through actual performance. This concept is emphasised in not having discrete units for the professional experiences component of this unit pre-Internship. Instead each unit, including this unit, has an Embedded Professional Learning (EPL) component. In addition to the assessment components listed in this unit profile, students must complete 8 Embedded Professional Learning (EPL) days to a satisfactory standard in order to achieve an overall pass grade for this unit. The applied learning (portal) task/s for this unit are completed during the Embedded Professional Learning days.

Assessment Due Date As per the EPL Calendar
Return Date to Students The EPL booklet will be returned to the pre-service teacher once the Teaching School Coordinator has signed the various reports.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

The EPL booklet must be returned the university upon completion of the EPL.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Effectively design pedagogical strategies that accomplish learning in literacy and numeracy for secondary school students

4. Reflect critically on professional practice.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership




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