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ED4306 - Students with Reading Difficulties

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Education (pre 2015)

Available to level 4 BEd (Professional Development)third and final year BEd pre-service students.

This subject focuses on teaching pupils who have difficulties with reading. Students have a variety of reading difficulties and have difficulties for a variety of reasons, although a significant proportion of students have key issues in common. It is inappropriate to attempt the same single approach for all pupils who have difficulty, and therefore the teacher's task is to devise the most appropriate program for each individual. In order to approach this task a teacher requires two fundamental resources apart from other teaching skills. The first is an awareness of the complexities of reading so that the task is not underestimated and individual problems may be better understood. The second is knowledge of a range of assessment and teaching techniques so that the teacher has sufficient resources to draw upon when devising individual programs. The aim of this subject is to enhance participants' knowledge of the reading process, difficulties that pupils may experience with reading, and assessment and teaching techniques.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of models of the reading process;
  • critically examine and select appropriately from a range of strategies for assessing and teaching pupils who have difficulties with reading;
  • demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of the nature and causes of difficulties that pupils may experience in learning to read.
It is assumed that participants have a strong knowledge about teaching and, in particular, the teaching of reading. This subject builds on observations about children who experience difficulty with reading and should represent a way of helping you to cope more effectively with this challenge. While ED4496 or the earlier ED4403 are not prerequisites for this subject, it is preferable for students to undertake ED4306 after doing one of those because of the need to come to this subject with an understanding of the reading process.


External, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Margaret Carter.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: essays (45%); online reading tasks - uploaded on learnjcu discussion board (20%); centrally-administered final exam (35%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.