Professional Studies in Supporting Learning Environments with Three to Five Year Olds - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment - Investigation (50%) , Case Study (50%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 1,570.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,820.00

This unit focuses on 3, 4 and 5 year old children. Approaches to creating welcoming and supportive environments for children’s learning and behaviour are critically examined. The design of supportive environments is contextualised within approaches to constructing collaborative partnerships and positive reciprocal relationships with children, families, and communities. The unit emphasises intentional and participatory approaches to teaching and learning and invites students to construct a resilient professional identity that is informed by research and inquiry. Students enact research processes by engaging in pedagogical documentation of learning and design of inquiry-based projects with a focus on interpreting observational data. Passing this unit is contingent on successful completion of the professional practice component of the unit.

To view the Practicum Calendar, please see below:

2017: EDE322 Practicum Calendar 2017 (PDF, 25KB)

2018: TBA

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. appraise approaches to guiding behaviour, constructing positive relationships, and creating welcoming learning environments
  2. design a supportive learning environment that fosters shared resilience for adults and children
  3. evaluate the role of pedagogical documentation in sustaining democracy and making learning visible
  4. observe, interpret and document learning to inform planning of inquiry-based projects.
  • Assignment — Investigation (50%)
  • Case Study (50%)
  • Practicum — Prof Placement - Pass/Fail

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • EDE206 — Professional Practice and Enquiry-based Programming (4-6 years)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Includes Placement

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Observation: Responsiveness to children
2Interpretation: Selecting evidence and linking to theory
3Documentation: Making learning visible
4Assessment for learning
5Approaches to planning for inquiry
6Developing questions to guide inquiry
7Inquiry as intentional teaching
8Early years settings as places of research: ongoing learning and reflective practice
9Approaches to guiding behaviour
10Promoting secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships
11Creating environments for children to be known and valued: the amiable school
12Maintaining supportive environments through collaborative partnerships

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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