This praxis inquiry unit provides an opportunity for pre-service teachers to work with mentor teachers in kindergartens to experience and investigate the systematic processes by which teachers work together to engage students in learning. With a focus on the changing nature of education, learning, curriculum, early childhood services and teaching, students systematically explore how teachers can express commitment to social justice in education as they take responsibility for student learning during their third year project partnership. Pre-service teachers will be provided with the opportunity to observe practices, collect data, read research literature, and synthesize findings that will inform their final Project Report. As part of this unit pre-service teachers will be assessed in practice.

Unit details

Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
AEB3268

Prerequisites

ECE2001 - Practice in Partnership 1

ECE2002 - Practice in Partnership 2

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Compose a personal educational and child learning philosophy which will inform their practice;  
  2. Conduct a small scale research project (professional project) focusing on ways to improve teaching, learning and caring practices in early childhood;  
  3. Evaluate the use of a range of approaches to reflect on and improve practice, especially in ongoing planning and evaluation and in professional practice;  
  4. Discuss the requirements for developing a successful relationship, based on a professional discourse about teaching and learning, with a mentor teacher; and  
  5. Take full responsibility and critically reflect upon the planning and implementation of the educational program for both the whole group and small groups of 4-5 year old children.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Literature Review Report on small scale research project carried out by pre-service teachers. 20%
Portfolio Submission of a portfolio based on the kindergarten placement. 50%
Presentation Research Report Presentation 30%
Total effective word limit 3000 words for the graded assessment. Assessment in this unit involves the satisfactory evaluation of an existing early childhood program that is negotiated with the unit co-ordinator. The evaluation involves a brief literature review, observational data and their analyses, and culminates in a formal report of approximately 1500 words. Assessment also involves the completion of a case study in which the following aspects of the kindergarten placement are described and critically analysed: teaching approaches, the design of the curriculum, and reflections upon discussions with the mentor teacher. Hurdle Requirement: A satisfactory Project partnership report (ungraded). Satisfactory progress reported by project partnership mentor teacher is required for successful completion of this unit. Refer to the Essentials booklet for details.

Required reading

Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework
DEECD 2009,
Melbourne: VCAA.

Putting children first,
State of Victoria 2005,
Melbourne: Government Printer.

Joining the dots,
State of Victoria 2005,
Melbourne: Government Printer.

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