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EDUC8210 – Disability Equity Education

2021 – Session 1, Fully online/virtual

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

To check the availability of face-to-face and online activities for your unit, please go to timetable viewer. To check detailed information on unit assessments visit your unit's iLearn space or consult your unit convenor.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Kathy Cologon
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29 Wally's Walk, Room 364
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Poulomee Datta
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MSpecEd or GradDipSpecEd or MInc&SpecEd or GradDipInc&SpecEd or GradCertInc&SpecEd or GradCertLearnDiffSuppTeach or GradCertPosBehSuppTeach
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit focuses on learning about Disability Equity Education and applying theoretical learning to practice. A key focus will be on identifying barriers to education for many students, including a range of social, cultural, political, economic, and environmental barriers. There will be opportunities to critically examine and develop a range of strategies for addressing these barriers in order to ensure meaningful engagement with the curriculum for all students. Ableism and the social and affirmation models of disability will be explored. Topics will include consideration of neurodiversity, intersectionality, wellbeing, and the perspectives of people with lived experience of the oppression that constitutes disability. Principles of social justice and equity, which underpin inclusive practices, will be examined in relation to international agreements, national legislation, policy and procedures, as well as contemporary research and practice. The unit will also address effective collaboration with paraprofessionals to facilitate genuine participation and learning. The socio-cultural and historical context will also be considered in order to meaningfully engage with effective instruction.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Articulate understanding of ethical, legislative and policy responsibilities of teachers as related to educational provision for diverse learners.
  • ULO2: Identify and critically evaluate complex and conflicting theoretical perspectives and demonstrate understanding of social constructions of disability including the implications for education practice of the pervasive nature of ableism.
  • ULO4: Identify and critically reflect on barriers to equity in education for students with disability
  • ULO3: Apply advanced understandings and critical analysis of key issues related to inclusive and special education in contemporary education contexts
  • ULO5: Apply research-informed knowledge to addressing common misunderstandings regarding students and their learning abilities and opportunities
  • ULO6: Interpret research-informed knowledge of the effective approaches to collaboration in educational practice

General Assessment Information

Assessment Presentation and Submission Guidelines 

Please follow these guidelines when you submit each assignment: 

  • Allow a left and right-hand margin of at least 2cm in all assignments. 

  • Please type all assignments using 12-point font and 1.5 spacing. 

  • All assessments must be submitted through Turnitin in .doc or .pdf format  

  • It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all assessments are successfully submitted through Turnitin. 

  • Faculty assignment cover sheets are NOT required. 

 

Draft Submissions & Turnitin Originality Reports 

  • Students may use Turnitin’s Originality Report as a learning tool to improve their academic writing if this option is made available in the unit. 

  • Students are strongly encouraged to upload a draft copy of each assessment to Turnitin at least one week prior to the due date to obtain an Originality Report. 

  • The Originality Report provides students with a similarity index that may indicate if plagiarism has occurred. Students will be able to make amendments to their drafts prior to their final submission on the due date. 

  • Generally, one Originality Report is generated every 24 hours up to the due date. 

 

Please note: 

  • Students should regularly save a copy of all assignments before submission, 

  • Students are responsible for checking that their submission has been successful and has been submitted by the due date and time. 

 

Assignment extensions and late penalties 

 

  • Applications for extensions must be made via AskMQ according to the Special Consideration policy. Extensions can only be granted if they meet the Special Considerations policy and are submitted via https://ask.mq.edu.au/. This will ensure consistency in the consideration of such requests is maintained.  

 

  • Late submissions: Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – two (2) marks out of 100 will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted more than seven (7) days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline. No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments – e.g., quizzes, online tests. Late penalties are applied by unit convenors or their delegates after tasks are assessed. 

 

  • If a student is still permitted to submit on the basis of unavoidable disruption, an alternative topic may be set.  

 

  • Students should keep an electronic file of all assessments. Claims regarding "lost" assessments cannot be made if the file cannot be produced. It is also advisable to keep an electronic file of all drafts and the final submission on a USB untouched/unopened after submission. This can be used to demonstrate easily that the assessment has not been amended after the submission date. 

 

Requesting a re-assessment of an assignment 

If you have evidence that your task has been incorrectly assessed against the grade descriptors you can request a re-mark. To request a re-mark you need to contact the unit convenor within 7 days of the date of return of the assignment and provide a detailed assessment of your script against the task criteria. Evidence from your assignment must be provided to support your judgements.  

Note: 

  • Please do not request a re-mark for a Failed assessment as they are all double-marked as a part of the moderation process.  

  • The outcome of a re-mark may be a higher/lower or unchanged grade.  

  • Grades are standards referenced and effort is NOT a criterion.  

 

University policy on grading 

Criteria for awarding grades for assessment tasks 

Assignments will be awarded grades ranging from HD to F according to guidelines set out in the University's Grading Policy. The following descriptive criteria are included for your information. 

 

Descriptive Criteria for awarding grades in the unit 

In order to meet the unit outcomes and successfully pass this unit, students must make a genuine attempt at all assessment tasks. Where any submitted assessment task is considered to be unsatisfactory in this regard, the highest possible final grade that can be awarded for the unit will be 45. 

 

Students will be awarded grades ranging from HD to F according to guidelines set out in the policy: https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/assessment-in-effect-from-session-2-2016 

 

The following generic grade descriptors provide university-wide standards for awarding final grades. 

  

Grade 

Descriptor 

HD 

(High Distinction) 

Provides consistent evidence of deep and critical understanding in relation to the learning outcomes. There is substantial originality and insight in identifying, generating and communicating competing arguments, perspectives or problem solving approaches; critical evaluation of problems, their solutions and their implications; creativity in application as appropriate to the discipline. 

(Distinction) 

Provides evidence of integration and evaluation of critical ideas, principles and theories, distinctive insight and ability in applying relevant skills and concepts in relation to learning outcomes. There is demonstration of frequent originality in defining and analysing issues or problems and providing solutions; and the use of means of communication appropriate to the discipline and the audience. 

Cr 

(Credit) 

Provides evidence of learning that goes beyond replication of content knowledge or skills relevant to the learning outcomes. There is demonstration of substantial understanding of fundamental concepts in the field of study and the ability to apply these concepts in a variety of contexts; convincing argumentation with appropriate coherent justification; communication of ideas fluently and clearly in terms of the conventions of the discipline. 

(Pass). 

Provides sufficient evidence of the achievement of learning outcomes. There is demonstration of understanding and application of fundamental concepts of the field of study; routine argumentation with acceptable justification; communication of information and ideas adequately in terms of the conventions of the discipline. The learning attainment is considered satisfactory or adequate or competent or capable in relation to the specified outcomes 

(Fail) 

Does not provide evidence of attainment of learning outcomes. There is missing or partial or superficial or faulty understanding and application of the fundamental concepts in the field of study; missing, undeveloped, inappropriate or confusing argumentation; incomplete, confusing or lacking communication of ideas in ways that give little attention to the conventions of the discipline. 

 

Withdrawing from this unit 

If you are considering withdrawing from this unit, please seek academic advice via https://ask.mq.edu.au before doing so as this unit may be a co-requisite or prerequisite for units in the following sessions and may impact on your progression through the degree. 

 

Results 

Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Assignment 30% No Weekly
Assignment 30% No 20/4/2021
Assignment 40% No 1/6/2021

Assignment

Assessment Type 1: Reflective Writing
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: Weekly
Weighting: 30%

 

Weekly critical reflection task.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Articulate understanding of ethical, legislative and policy responsibilities of teachers as related to educational provision for diverse learners.
  • Identify and critically reflect on barriers to equity in education for students with disability
  • Apply research-informed knowledge to addressing common misunderstandings regarding students and their learning abilities and opportunities
  • Interpret research-informed knowledge of the effective approaches to collaboration in educational practice

Assignment

Assessment Type 1: Case study/analysis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: 20/4/2021
Weighting: 30%

 

This task requires students to undertake a case study involving critical analysis of relevant materials through the application of a Disability Equity Education lens

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify and critically evaluate complex and conflicting theoretical perspectives and demonstrate understanding of social constructions of disability including the implications for education practice of the pervasive nature of ableism.
  • Identify and critically reflect on barriers to equity in education for students with disability
  • Apply research-informed knowledge to addressing common misunderstandings regarding students and their learning abilities and opportunities

Assignment

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: 1/6/2021
Weighting: 40%

 

Analyse, synthesise and apply research in developing strategies to address an issue of significance in bringing about Disability Equity Education within diverse classrooms.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify and critically reflect on barriers to equity in education for students with disability
  • Apply advanced understandings and critical analysis of key issues related to inclusive and special education in contemporary education contexts
  • Apply research-informed knowledge to addressing common misunderstandings regarding students and their learning abilities and opportunities
  • Interpret research-informed knowledge of the effective approaches to collaboration in educational practice

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Required and recommended texts 

The required text for this unit is ​Undoing Ableism: Teaching Disability in the K-12 Classroom by Priya Lalvani and Susan Baglieri (Routledge). There will be additional required and recommended readings as outlined weekly in the iLearn site. 

 

Information about the unit iLearn site   

This unit has a full web presence through iLearn.

Students will need regular access to a computer and the Internet to complete this unit. 

Weekly access to iLearn is compulsory for all students. Important assessment information will be posted in iLearn, as will other relevant unit notices and materials. Various activities and materials for discussion and critical reflection are included and external students especially are encouraged to use this web component. 

Electronic links and suggested references will be included in the Resources section. Please check the iLearn unit regularly.

Weekly lectures are available on the web through iLearn. You must listen to all lectures.

Supporting materials (e.g. PowerPoint slides or notes) will be made available in iLearn and/or are available in the Active Learning Tool.

 

Access and technical assistance  

Information for students about access to the online component of this unit is available at https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/login/index.php. You will need to enter your student username and password. 

Please do NOT contact the Unit Convenor regarding iLearn technical help.  

No extensions will be given for any technical issues. Allow enough time for your submissions.  

Assistance is available from IT Helpdesk ph: 1800 67 4357, or log a request at help.mq.edu.au. OneHelp is the online IT support service for both students and staff. 

 

This unit requires students to use several ICT and software skills: 

  • Internet access: The iLearn site contains materials for this unit; it is also required for the online submission of all Assessment Tasks, and for the use of Turnitin submission for ALL tasks.   
  • Word processing, visual representations, and document formatting: You are required to use an appropriate form of software to present your assignments.  
  • Uploading of assessment tasks to iLearn. 

 

Structure 

The unit comprises lectures and online tasks. Students will discuss issues and questions arising from the lectures and prescribed readings. Students are expected to base their arguments/discussions on evidence from published research and other relevant material. There will be a supporting website for the unit providing additional readings, links and materials.

Students are required to participate in all aspects of the unit activities, including the readings, lectures and online tasks.

 

Unit Schedule

Please see the iLearn site for the Unit Schedule.

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://policies.mq.edu.au). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit Student Policies (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/policies). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

To find other policies relating to Teaching and Learning, visit Policy Central (https://policies.mq.edu.au) and use the search tool.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

If you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Changes since First Published

Date Description
21/02/2021 Order of assignment fixed.
16/02/2021 Order of assignment fixed.
03/02/2021 N/A