Subject details

  • Topics
    • Observation: Responsiveness to children
    • Interpretation: Selecting evidence and linking to theory
    • Documentation: Making learning visible
    • Assessment for learning
    • Approaches to planning for inquiry
    • Developing questions to guide inquiry
    • Inquiry as intentional teaching
    • Early years settings as places of research: ongoing learning and reflective practice
    • Approaches to guiding behaviour
    • Promoting secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships
    • Creating environments for children to be known and valued: the amiable school
    • Maintaining supportive environments through collaborative partnerships
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming

At the completion of this subject 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 1 - Investigation (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Case Study (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

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • CUR-EDE206

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

Special requirements

This subject 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 subject 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 subject is contingent on successful completion of the professional practice component of the subject.

To view the Practicum Calendar, please see below:

EDE322 Practicum Calendar 2018 (PDF, 25KB)

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