This praxis inquiry unit provides an opportunity for pre-service teachers to work with mentor teachers in kindergartens to build on the experience of investigating the systematic processes by which teachers work together to engage students in learning. It also provides an opportunity for pre-service teachers to commence the final stage of their preparation to enter the early childhood teacher profession by orienting themselves to the practices of the activist, reflective practitioner. 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 fourth year project partnership. At the end of this unit, pre-service teachers are required to show that they are ready to teach.

Unit details

Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
AEB4268

Prerequisites

AEB3184 - Curriculum Theory

AEB3268 - Practice in Partnership 1 (ECE 3-6 Years)

AEB3285 - Inclusive Practice in Education

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Refine a personal educational and child learning philosophy and explain how it informs their teaching identity, pedagogy and curriculum design as they enter the profession;  
  2. Build a successful relationship, based on a professional discourse about teaching and learning, with a mentor teacher;  
  3. 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;  
  4. Demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the assigned mentor teacher(s) and designated university personnel, their readiness to teach; and  
  5. Meet the Graduate Standards of the Preschool Teacher Validation System as indicated by Early Childhood Australia.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Summarise the domains of the Early Childhood Graduate Standards. Summarise three quality areas of the NQS and VEYLDF (600 words) 20%
Presentation Plan and implement in class a whole group 10 minutes experience (Peer marked) (Equiv to 300 words) 10%
Portfolio Portfolio and interview will demonstrate readiness to join the early childhood teaching profession. (Equiv to 2100) 70%
The professional portfolio requires evidence of critical reflection upon aspects of the graduating teacher's professional practice. 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. Pedagogical narration: Pre-services teachers will write a pedagogical narration based on an aspect of professional practice. The critical analysis will frame their personal philosophy, theoretical underpinning, beliefs and values of early childhood. Total effective word limit, 3000 words.

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