1 x 1-hour lecture once-only
1 x 30-day field placement per semester
1 1 of EDUC3521, EDUC4724
2 72 units of study
3 EDUC2324 - Professional Experience: Year 2A (Early Childhood)
4 EDUC2424 - Professional Experience: Year 2B (Early Childhood)
5 EDUC3528 - Professional Experience: Year 3A (Early Childhood)
6 EDUC2321 - The Expressive Arts in Early Childhood
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 5 and 6)
Enrolment not permitted
EDUC3665 has been successfully completed
Course context

Available to students enrolled in both EDUC3528 and EDUC3640 in the same calendar year.

Topic description

Five preliminary day visits undertaken in the topic EDUC3528 Professional Experience: Year 3A (Early Childhood) are followed by a consecutive 6 week-block (total 35 days), spent in a metropolitan or country early childhood setting. Emphasis is placed on the planning, implementation and evaluation of teaching programs. Close links are established between curriculum studies at Flinders and centre/school curricula through designing, evaluating, implementing, analysing and theorising about their placement site's curriculum inquiry focus. At the conclusion of this teaching experience, judgements are made about the pre-service teacher's readiness to continue to the final placement topic EDUC4740 Professional Experience: Final Assessment for Registration (Early Childhood).

Educational aims

This professional learning experience provides students with an opportunity to:

  • Make a meaningful contribution to children's learning and the setting's curriculum goals and priorities
  • Deepen their understandings of how children learn and develop through a process of praxis, in which they research, inquire, test and use the theoretical knowledge that they have acquired and are acquiring
  • Use a variety of observation techniques to gain insight into the types of experiences, activities and ideas that engage young children
  • Plan, implement and evaluate a curriculum that involves and engages children in deep and meaningful learning
  • Engage in praxis, or theoretically informed teaching
  • Document children's involvement and engagement in the curriculum and assess their learning over an extended period of time
  • Recognise the importance of families in children's lives and learning
  • Work as a constructive, collaborative and cooperative team member
  • Document and organise evidence of their developing professional knowledge, professional practice and professional relationships
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Competenlty observe children's learning and development
  2. Plan, implement and evaluate experiences/activities that are responsive to the observed needs and interests of young children
  3. Take an increasing degree of responsibility for planning, implementing and evaluating a curriculum that engages individual children and groups of children in deep and meaningful learning
  4. Demonstrate awareness of the factors that lead to high levels of involvement and engagement in curriculum experience/activities
  5. Make teaching decisions and adopt teaching approaches that are theoretically informed
  6. Document and assess children's learning in ways that capture its complexity and competence
  7. Investigate ways of communicating effectively with families about children's learning and development