1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
1 x 6-hour independent study weekly
1 x 1.5-hour project work weekly
1 9 units of EDUC topics
1a Admission into BEDSEOS-Bachelor of Education (Special Education)
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of EDUC2337, EDUC3629 has been successfully completed
Assignment(s), Test(s), Tutorial participation, Tutorial presentation
Topic description

This topic reviews the field of learning difficulties through an Australian and international context. It compares and contrasts the general characteristics of students who present with learning difficulties and those who present with learning disabilities in classrooms. It debates the appropriateness of professionally observed school-wide practices against published research studies in order to make judgements about the effectiveness of available programs, strategies and supports for students who find academic learning difficult at school. Using scenario-based learning participants will consider innate and environmental influences on learning to evaluate then determine suitable ways to promote participation, academic progress and emotional wellbeing for these individuals.

Educational aims

This topic aims to introduce students to the general characteristics that define students with learning difficulties and those with learning disabilities.

It also aims to develop the following broad special education principles:

  • All children and youth can learn
  • Learning is best supported when measured school-wide and classroom supports and strategies are put in place in a timely manner
  • The school experiences of individuals who find learning difficult habitually have a direct and lasting impact on academic progress, social interaction, motivation and/or wellness
  • Thoughtful, inclusive educational practices promote access to, participation in and achievement through the curriculum
  • The elements of self-efficacy, curriculum, instruction, assessment, learning, engagement and behaviour are interdependent
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Describe the field of learning difficulties in Australian and international contexts
  2. Define the general characteristics of students with learning difficulties and those with learning disabilities
  3. Summarize the wide-ranging impact of stress on learning and behaviour
  4. Make judgements about the appropriateness of research based and professional practices, strategies and supports for students with learning difficulties and learning disabilities
  5. Provide reasoned suggestions for ways of improving school and curriculum access, participation and progress for students with learning difficulties and those with learning disabilities

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.