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Professional Experience: Integrated Curriculum in Practice (EDN310)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Description This two-week school placement typically occurs in second year of the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood 0-8). The 10-day placement provides opportunities for pre-service teachers to strengthen the nexus between theory and practice under the guidance of a qualified early childhood mentor teacher. The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and Murdoch Graduate Attributes frame the outcomes. The focus of this placement is the implementation of an integrated learning program that demonstrates a holistic approach to teaching and learning.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Organise and negotiate a timetable to ensure that teaching times, team teaching time and preparation time is explicit for all stakeholders;
2. Organise a teaching file that is easily accessed and reflects the placement requirements;
3. Collaboratively plan, co-teach and assess at least four English and Math lessons over the fortnight that how integration with other learning areas and children's demonstration of the Early Years learning Framework outcomes;
4. Conduct independent research on 'transition' strategies that can be used between lesson activities. Incorporate some of these in ECE practice and provide critical reflection of the effectiveness of these strategies during the prac; and
5. Be creative in the way that they plan and deliver lessons to connect with students.
Timetabled Learning Activities Two seminars held in designated teaching venue (prior and after the practicum).
Unit Learning Experiences Students will undertake a 10-day practicum (6 - 7 hours per day) in an early childhood education classroom. During the practicum students will complete a a learning journal reflecting on the development of an early years learning programme that demonstrates a holistic approach to teaching and learning and provides evidence of sustainable practices. The 10-day practicum will also provide students with opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of young children and how these are accommodated in an integrated learning programme.
Other Learning Experiences 10 days practical held in an early years classroom (Kindergarten to Year 2).
Assessment Students are assessed against a standardised assessment format based on the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) and Murdoch Graduate Attributes (MGA).
Curriculum focus: English, Math, Technology, Health/PE. MGA: Communication skills; Critical and Creative Thinking; Independent Learning; Social Interaction.

Formative assessment and feedback includes onsite teacher mentor and Murdoch University School of Education representative. The mentor teacher submits a summative assessment report based on pre-service teachers' ability to address identified APSTs/ MGAs.

The assessment of two assignments will be on a pass/fail basis. Assignment One is a Self-assessment Report to be discussed with mentor teacher. Assignment Two is a Report on the Development of an Integrated Early Years Learning Programme.
Prerequisites Successful completion of EDN461 Language and Literacies in the Early Years and EDN462 Mathematics and Numeracy in the Early Years.
Notes Prior to placement in any school for Professional Experience, it is mandatory that pre-service teachers complete or obtain several forms and clearances.
Information and forms regarding these mandatory requirements can be accessed via the Professional Experience website: http://www.murdoch.edu.au/School-of-Education/Professional-Experience
Completion and submission of these mandatory requirements is essential before placements can be arranged.
Assessment A result of Ungraded Pass or Fail is awarded for this unit.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

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