KASA15 Learning difficulties and the challenges in schooling in multicultural settings: critical reflections on the role of teachers 5 ECTS
Implementation is also a part of open university teaching
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Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Intermediate studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
Degree Programme in Educational Studies
Faculty of Education

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students will be able to critically discuss about the learning difficulties, how they have been currently identified and managed within the school context. Also, it is expected that students will be able to elaborate pedagogical practices to support the development of children.

General description

The course will address the topic of learning difficulties in Elementary and Secondary Education (from 1st to 9th grade). Students that take part in this course will have a general view of what is described and identified as learning disorders, its distinctions from other emotional elements that can influence in learning process, and collectively we will discuss about the implications of these situation for the schooling, and the role of teachers within that process. The discussion will be grounded in the contributions of the cultural-historical theory and critical educational psychology, aiming to broaden the ways students elaborate pedagogical practices and prompt children's development.

Enrolment for University Studies

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Juliene Madureira Ferreira, Teacher


24-Sep-2018 – 29-Oct-2018
Seminar 20 hours
Mon 24-Sep-2018 at 9-12, Virta 112
Thu 27-Sep-2018 at 9-12, Linna K108
Thu 4-Oct-2018 at 9-12, Linna K108
Mon 8-Oct-2018 at 9-12, Virta 112
Thu 11-Oct-2018 at 9-12, Linna K108
Mon 22-Oct-2018 at 9-12, Virta 112
Mon 29-Oct-2018 at 9-11, Virta 120


Numeric 1-5.

Study materials

During the course specific chapters of these books will be used to base our discussions, but please note that additional references will be required during the course.

Ata, A., & Kostogriz, A. (2015). International Education and Cultural-linguistics experiences of international students in Australia. Australia: Australia Academic Press Group.

Miller, J. F. (2015). Do you read me? Learning difficulties, Dyslexia, and the Denial of Meaning. London: Karnac Publications.

Feuerstein, R., & Lewin-Benham, A. (2012). What learning looks like: mediated learning in theory and practice, k-6. New York: Teachers College Press.

Westwood, P. (2016). Teaching and Learning difficulties: A cross-curricular approach. Australia. Acer Press.

Further information

This study module is available for all students (TaY, TTY, TAMK). Max 25 students and 5 places from that are reserved for the students from Open University teaching.