EDM088-Learners with Special Educational Needs

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Cathy Tissot

Email: c.tissot@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module will briefly explore the main disabilities that a teacher may see in a mainstream classroom. Each session would provide a description, history and current research as well as some general teaching strategies.


  • To develop an understanding of a series of types of learning disabilities and the impact these have on an educational setting
  • To contextualise the meaning of inclusion and the impact this has on educational settings
  • To develop an understanding of current research on the specific types of disabilities
  • To increase understanding of the approaches to teaching specific types of disabilities
  • To increase awareness of the historical context of disability

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • Critically evaluate contemporary research on the nature of disability
  • Critically analyse recent national initiatives on the teaching of children with additional learning needs
  • Development of an academic argument on one aspect of disability and the impact on practice
  • Critically evaluate their current or past practice in the light of evidence

Additional outcomes:

  • Enhanced practice in working with students with additional learning needs

Outline content:
This module explores some of the key disabilities found in educational settings. It is informed by historical context in relation to both current research and best practice for children and young people with additional learning needs. Topics covered in the modules will include disabilities such as: Autism, Asperger’s syndrome, ADD/ADHD, SEBD, Sensory Disabilities, Profound and Complex learning needs, and Dyslexia. Meeting the needs of these children and young people will be considered within the global move towards inclusive practice.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

  • Tutor lead lectures and seminars
  • Group discussions and short tasks;
  • Independent study
  • Practical workshops
Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 30
Guided independent study 170
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
There will be one written assignment of 4-5,000 words. The topic and title is to be negotiated with the module convenor.

Formative assessment methods:
Students will be set regular tasks on which they receive feedback from the tutor.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
Students must achieve 50%

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission within one calendar month of the notification of failure

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books: there are no required texts for this module.
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding: All reading is available on the electronic data bases which can be accessed via the library website. Students are not expected to print off reading, but may do so if they wish.
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 21 December 2016

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