University of Technology Sydney

013985 Understanding and Engaging Adolescent Learners

6cp; 9 x 3hrs modules To comply with health advice from NSW Health, the planned delivery of this subject for Spring D 2021 has been adjusted. Activities planned for campus in the first 3 weeks of session are being moved online. Activities for the remainder of the session (post-PEx) will be scheduled on campus only if the public health situation permits face-to-face learning in available teaching spaces. Please log into Canvas and monitor your UTS email for the latest advice concerning subject delivery and assessment information.




This subject is directed towards assisting pre-service teachers to understand and engage effectively with adolescent learners in contemporary Australian schools. It focuses on psychological perspectives of learning and motivation while incorporating sociological perspectives of young people. Students develop skills to analyse complex and diverse learning environments that impact the lives of secondary students. The exploration and application of diverse theories allow students to develop engaging and responsive classroom-based teaching practices. The implications of these theories are considered in cases drawn from school, family and community contexts. Students are given opportunities to draw on their professional experience placements and their personal philosophy of education to contribute to the content focus of the subject. In so doing, students develop the holistic and constructive approach needed for respectfully supporting their future school students to engage with and be successful in high school education.

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Calendar B Autumn session

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