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M.Ed on Education and Innovation: EDUCMI02 - Teaching and Learning with Special Populations

COURSE DESCRIPTION


This course focuses on evidence-based inclusive teaching and learning strategies for special populations in different school and classroom settings. Students will develop leading edge and practically useful knowledge relevant for further developing effective teaching and support for students of determination, with gifts and talents, students facing different health circumstances and challenges, and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Students will develop up-to-date research-informed teaching and assessment skills useful for identifying and building a routine practice of effective strategies to support inclusive student participation and high levels of engagement in learning activities. Students will develop knowledge and skills for practicing research-informed pedagogic strategies for enhancing student learning processes, engagement and outcomes with a particular focus on peer-assisted learning (e.g., dialogic talk, reciprocal teaching, peer tutoring, assessment and feedback, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and differentiated teaching and learning).  This course will introduce the principles of effective curriculum design and Individualized Education Plan (IEP) development relevant for students from diverse backgrounds and with different characteristics, as well as tools for critically reflecting on and enquiring into practice. Implications of using pedagogic strategies for the classroom roles and relationships among students and between students and teacher will be considered, along with the consequences of relationships for student learning and achievement. 

Books

SOFTWARE AND ONLINE RESOURCES

Relevant YouTube videos

  • Centre on Technology and Disability. (2018). A Teacher's View of Assistive Technology [Video]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/jMKNiGhudBg
  • Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium. (2014). School leadership and inclusion. [Video #153]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/URkUOetAo0c
  • Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium. (2014). Collaborative Partnerships. [Video]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/NKJxSkRy1qo
  • STARNET. (2016). Tools of inclusion: Assistive technology for young children [Video #153]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/Y5CEeqt4kvI
  • Ten Sigma (2016). Assistive technology for students with special needs Episode 48 of Transition Tuesday. [Video]. YouTube https://youtu.be/UHT7erF7IGY
  • UNESCO. (2020). Planning for disability-inclusive education: Training course expands to new regions. [Video]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/Fu3CHVFBkYs 
  • Other resources as set out by instructor

Course Materials List

Week 1

Introduction to special populations and characteristics

Prescribed readings

 

Supplementary reading

In class activity

Case study analysis on classroom practice 1

Week 2

Prescribed readings

Ochoa, T.A., Erden, E., Alhajeri, O., Hurley, E., Lee, K., Ogle, L., & Wang, T. (2017). Disability laws and special education provisions in China, Kuwait, South Korea, Turkey, and the United States. International Journal of Special Education, 32(2), 325-354. https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1184133.pdf

Supplementary reading

 

In class activity

Case study analysis on classroom practice 2

Week 3

The individualized education planning (IEP) process

Prescribed readings

Timothy, S., & Agbenyega, J. S. (2018). Inclusive school leaders’ perceptions on the implementation of individual education plans. International Journal of Whole Schooling, 14(1), 1-30. https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1170727.pdf

Supplementary reading

MacLeod, K., Causton, J. N., Radel, M., & Radel, P. (2017). Rethinking the Individualized Education Plan process: voices from the other side of the tableDisability & Society32(3), 381-400. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2017.1294048

In class activity

Case study analysis on classroom practice 3

Week 4

 

Instructional and classroom management practices with special populations

Prescribed readings

Supplementary readings              

Week 5

Teaching students with high-incidence disabilities

Prescribed readings

Supplementary reading

In class activity

Case study analysis on classroom practice 5

Week 6

 

Teaching students with low-incidence disabilities          

Prescribed readings

Supplementary reading

In class activity

Case analysis on classroom practice 6

Week 7

Adapting and modifying curriculum/teaching/assessment and special populations

Prescribed readings

Supplementary reading

In class activity

Case analysis on professional practice 7

Week 8

Programming and teaching gifted and talented students

Prescribed readings

Supplementary reading

In class activity

Case study analysis on classroom practice 8

Week 9

Creating teaching and learning spaces for all: the index of inclusion and assistive technology

Prescribed readings

Supplementary reading

 

In class activity

Case analysis on professional practice 9

Week 10

 

Collaborating and engaging professionals and families for enhanced learning: When, why and how?

Prescribed readings

Supplementary reading

In class activity

  • Case analysis on professional practice 10

Week 11

Promoting positive behaviour, social

Interaction, executive function and social competence

Prescribed readings

Supplementary reading

In class activity

Final workshop on assignment 2