Creating Positive Learning Environments

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Creating Positive Learning Environments

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites


  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit develops your awareness, knowledge, and skills of a variety of behaviour support and classroom management skills and includes field experience. It aims to help you to develop collaborative, positive inclusive learning environments across a range of educational settings. This unit links to the work previously undertaken in LCB002 Child and Adolescent Development and Learning and helps prepare you for LCB005 Inclusive Education. This unit also develops your professional knowledge, skills and practice, and includes site visits as well as a 10 day block field experience. Field Experience is designed in a graduated sequence, culminating in an internship in your final year. Future subjects throughout your course and specifically your future field experience placements will build on the skills developed in this unit culminating in an internship. Field experience is crucial to your preparation for the profession, and all units that contain a field experience are designated units, that is, students who do not achieve a passing grade for the unit will have their progress in the course reviewed. Failure to pass a designated unit may result in exclusion from the course.
    Learning Outcomes
    To successfully complete this unit at the Introductory Level you will provide evidence of:
    Course Learning Outcome: A
    • Know students and how they learn:
    • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students and how these may affect learning.
    Course Learning Outcome B
    • Know content and how to teach it:
    • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
    • Organise content into an effective learning and teaching sequence
    • Know and understand literacy and numeracy teaching strategies and their application in teaching areas
    Course Learning Outcome C
    • Engage professionally with students, colleagues, parents, carers and the community
    • Understand and apply the key principles described in codes of ethics and conduct for the teaching profession.
    • Understand the relevant legislative, administrative and organisational policies and processes required for teachers according to school stage.
    • Knowledge and understanding of how to engage professionally with students, colleagues, parents, carers and the community.
    • Understand the role of external professionals and community representatives in broadening teachers' professional knowledge and practice
    Course Learning Outcome D
    • Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning
    • Demonstrate understanding of assessment strategies, including informal and formal, diagnostic, formative and summative approaches to assess student learning
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the purpose of providing timely and appropriate feedback to students about their learning
    • Demonstrate understanding of assessment moderation and its application to support consistent and comparable judgements of student learning
    • Demonstrate the capacity to interpret student assessment data to evaluate student learning and modify teaching practice
    Course Learning Outcome E
    • Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
    • Include a range of teaching strategies
    • Demonstrate knowledge of a range of resources, including ICT, that engage students in their learning
    • Demonstrate a range of verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support student engagement.
    • Describe a broad range of strategies for involving parents/carers in the educative process
    Course Learning Outcome F
    • Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
    • Identify strategies to support inclusive student participation and engagement in classroom activities.
    • Demonstrate the capacity to organise classroom activities and provide clear directions
    • Demonstrate knowledge of practical approaches to manage challenging behaviour
    Course Learning Outcome G
    • Engage in professional learning
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the National Professional Standards for Teachers in identifying professional learning needs.
    • Seek and apply constructive feedback from supervisors and teachers to improve teaching practices
    • Seek and apply constructive feedback from supervisors and teachers to improve teaching practices
    This unit covers the following topics:
    • Various teaching and learning strategies within a variety of educational contexts will be examined. Analysis of their implications for the development of a cooperative, positive learning environment will be investigated and evaluated.
    • Understanding the theory and practice of classroom management and a variety of support and management approaches, including conflict resolution and non-violent crisis intervention available to teachers to prevent and deal with classroom behaviour issues and create positive learning environments.
    • Practical preparation for your Field Experience, and frameworks to inform your observations, experiences in the field, and your developing skills as a reflective practitioner.
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    This unit emphasises your developing capacities as an independent lifelong learner. It engages you in your learning through a theory-to-practice approach. You will develop your critical knowledge of teaching and learning strategies which support the creation of positive learning environments. Knowledge and skills will be further developed and applied during the introductory site visits and your Field Experiences which are both part of this unit. Both the content and organisation of this unit are designed for you to assess your progress in the unit and the course and for you to gather evidence of meeting unit and course outcomes.
    All students will engage in Field Experience as part of this unit. This will involve you being assigned to the supervision of a teacher in a school, and participating in 10 hours of introductory site visits and during your 10 days Field Experience being supported in your development of skills and applied knowledge, through a sequence of tasks, assigned by the teacher.
    Assessment name: Case Study
    Description: Personal management plan Evidence of understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of teaching and learning strategies used to create and support positive learning environments
    Relates to Learning Outcomes: Course Learning Outcomes C, Course Learning Outcomes D, Course Learning Outcomes E, Course Learning Outcome F, Course Learning Outcome G
    Weight: 50
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Mid-Semester
    Assessment name: Portfolio
    Description: Evidence of developmental progress in teaching and learning strategies linking to professional teaching standards, WIL introductory site visits and Field Experience as well as theories covered throughout the unit
    Relates to Learning Outcomes: Course Learning Outcome C, Course Learning Outcome D, Course Learning Outcome E, Course Learning Outcome F
    Weight: 50
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Late-Semester
    Assessment name: Placement Performance
    Description: Minimum of 10 days of supervised field experiences in an educational setting.
    Weight: 0% (Satisfactory or unsatisfactory grade given)
    Relates to Learning Outcomes: Course Learning Outcomes A, Course Learning Outcomes B, Course Learning Outcomes C, Course Learning Outcomes D, Course Learning Outcomes E, Course Learning Outcomes F, Course Learning Outcomes G
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Final day of FS

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