Not available in 2012
Previously offered in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
Provides beginning teachers with the opportunity to explore current issues in early childhood education in relationship to their emerging professional persona. Students will be encouraged to critically analyse contemporary global trends in early childhood and develop a defensible image of a teacher that will form the basis for their Internship experience (BEd students) or initial employment as a teacher (BECT).
As a result of participating in this course, students will be expected to:
1. locate their personal philosophy of teaching and learning within contemporary belief systems;
2. defend their personal philosophical position on a range of contemporary issues relating to early childhood;
3. understand the importance of reflective practice;
4. understand the contribution made to quality teaching and learning by processes of appraisal, professional development and lifelong learning;
5. develop a professional development plan for the early years of their teaching career.
The purpose of this course is to assist students with their initial transition to the workplace as a teacher. Different student groups will have different needs, but the areas to be addressed are:
* diversity, social justice and power;
* the politics of teaching;
* appraisal, professional development and lifelong learning;
* current issues confronting early childhood practitioners.
Learners and learning
Foundations in Early Childhood Curriculum
Foundations of Teaching
Program Development and Evaluation
Modes of Delivery
Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Self Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term