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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Inquiry based learning. Science and humanities inquiry skill development. Planning and assessment Artefact and community resources
    • Geography, sustainability, place and space, EYLF, Australian Curriculum (or state curriculum)
    • Family and local history, curriculum planning and assessment
    • Social and emotional development as a foundation for civic and citizenship. EYLF
    • Social justice, human rights education, global education. EYLF, Australian Curriculum (or state curriculum). Curriculum planning and assessment
    • Scientific literacy in the Early Childhood context. Holistic science teaching and learning
    • Biological Understandings; conceptual development in the early years. Talking science and the nature of effective questioning. EYLF, State Curriculum
    • Physical science understandings: Multimodal representation and reasoning scientifically Assessment of science learning. EYLF, State Curriculum
    • Chemical Understandings. Managing resources and a safe science environment. EYLF, State Curriculum
    • Earth and Space Science Understandings.
    • Science inquiry centres; cross curricula priorities; Aboriginal science and Sustainability. EYLF, State Curriculum
    • Reflection
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Chat Rooms
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links
    • Other Materials
      • Practicum

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

  1. design and implement rigorous programs that demonstrate differentiated learning experiences for children aged 3-5 years
  2. evaluate and improve teaching programs to enhance children’s learning
  3. compare and contrast assessment strategies and develop a range of appropriate assessment procedures for children 3-5 year old
  4. interpret student assessment data; collaborate with school personnel to make consistent and comparable judgements of student learning and report to educational stakeholders.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Exercises (50%)
  • Assignment 3 - Prof Placement - Pass/Fail (0%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

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

Special requirements

  • OtherDetails -

    Access to Microsoft Office or a unit approved alternative, Access to video creation and editing software

This subject will critically examine the principles and practices appropriate for planning, assessing and reporting in educational settings for 3, 4 and 5 year-olds. Assessment strategies for this age group will be compared and contrasted. The three-week professional experience placement aims to provide opportunities for Early Childhood Educators to design, implement and evaluate teaching programs and assess student learning. The overall pass requirement for the subject consists of a mark of at least 50% for the theory component and a pass for the professional experience placement.

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

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