Professional Practice and Seminar EC 1a

Subject 460-518 (2008)

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Credit Points: 18.750
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Parkville, On Campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 days of professional practice in childrens’ services setting including 30 hours seminar time allocated from on campus subjects
Total Time Commitment: 30 days of professional practice
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: 460-529 Children’s Early Development 460-521 Exemplary Curricula and Programs
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Subject Overview: The professional practice and seminar program provides an integrated focus on the subjects in each semester and addresses the teacher candidates' developing understandings of professional knowledge, professional practice and professional engagement. This subject is the vehicle for practical experience in kindergarten and childcare settings. Teacher candidates are mentored by experienced teachers in collaboration with clinical tutors who are engaged in the on-campus teaching program. The professional practice seminars support teacher candidates' ongoing learning about how theory informs practice. The seminars provide opportunities to examine theoretical frameworks and associated practical tasks that have been assigned during the placement to assist candidates to develop knowledge about contexts, curriculum and relationships in early childhood services. Seminars will involve class presentations, assessment tasks and in-depth reflection on theory and practice in early childhood.
Assessment: There 2 assessment tasks: Satisfactory teaching performance in the block placement setting (65%); Portfolio of evidence of practice end of semester. (35%) Teacher candidates must pass both components. Teacher candidates must pass both components. There are 2 hurdle requirements: Attendance on all days of placement Attendance at all practicum seminar sessions.
Prescribed Texts: Collection of readings.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject teacher candidates should be able to:

  • Apply professional criteria to their own teaching and professional activity
  • Synthesise their theoretical and practical understandings of teaching in early childhood contexts
  • Use constructive criticism and discussion to evaluate and reflect on values and practices in relation to their professional practice
  • Communicate effectively with other professionals, parents and children

On completion of this subject, teacher candidates will have the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to:

  • Be skilled communicators who can effectively articulate and justify their practices in early childhood and use professional knowledge to promote change
  • Be flexible and able to adapt to change through knowing how to learn;
  • Understand the significance of developing their practice on the basis of research evidence;
  • Work in teams with skills in cooperation, communication and negotiation;
  • Be independent of mind, responsible, resilient, self-regulating;
  • Have a conscious personal and social values base and apply to their work in childrens’ services.

Related Course(s): Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
Master of Teaching (Early Years)

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