TE7034 - The Theory and Practice of Identification and Assessment

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will develop learn about:
• the main causal theories of dyslexia
• how to identify and assess individual pupils with SpLD (dyslexia) using a variety of formal and informal assessment techniques e.g. observation, standardised tests, criterion referenced tests
• how to write reports for other professionals

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures/seminars, group discussion, independent learning and guided practical tasks.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support will include feedback from the tutor during small-group seminars and individual tutorials.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Demonstrate a systematic and critical understanding of the characteristics of SpLD (Dyslexia) and issues associated with assessment and learning
2. Understand and critically appraise the theory and practice of psychometrics
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and professional issues that affect students with dyslexia.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. Critically appraise current research in SpLD (Dyslexia) and its relevance for teaching and learning.
5. Identify learners with SpLD in the classroom by assessments based on observation, diagnostic assessment of attainment and the reports of other professionals.
6. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge to assess the cognitive abilities and difficulties of students who fail to become competent in literacy and/or numeracy and report appropriately on their needs and the provision required.
7. Undertake assessments for access arrangements for pupils with SpLD (Dyslexia).

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
8. Communicate effectively with parents and professionals by verbal and written reports as well as to prepare and disseminate critical technical reports for teachers and other professionals.

How will I be assessed?

Formative: During the module you will need to digitally record one hour of assessment you have carried out and this will be observed by your tutor.

The final assessment will be a 4500 word assignment split into two parts:
1. 2,000 word summary of the causal theory of dyslexia following research of relevant literature
2. 2,500 words consisting of an in-depth assessment of using both informal and formal assessment techniques. Interpretation and analysis of the findings should lead to recommendations for intervention.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module will develop your understanding and response to the assessment, teaching and learning of those with dyslexia. You will have the opportunity to critically appraise the theory and practice of psychometrics; identify learners with SpLD in the classroom by assessments based on observation, diagnostic assessment of attainment and the reports of other professionals. You will develop the skills and knowledge to assess the cognitive abilities and difficulties of students who fail to become competent in literacy and/or numeracy and report appropriately on their needs and the provision required. You will also undertake assessments for access arrangements for those with SpLD (Dyslexia).

What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will develop learn about:
• the main causal theories of dyslexia
• how to identify and assess individual pupils with SpLD (dyslexia) using a variety of formal and informal assessment techniques e.g. observation, standardised tests, criterion referenced tests
• how to write reports for other professionals

Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 3 years part-time
1 other options available

Department Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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