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EDE2010 Play and Pedagogy I

Semester 2, 2013 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Education
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Staffing

Examiner: Karen Noble
Moderator: Michelle Turner

Requisites

Pre-requisite: EDC1400 or EDU1010

Other requisites

Students must have successfully completed the entire previous year’s professional experience courses in order to enrol in this course. Students must be available for a prescribed period of time to undertake a placement in a school or other approved site as required in this course.

State law in Queensland (Australia) requires that all adults working/undertaking professional experience/researching with children under the age of 18, in the state of Queensland are required to possess a current suitability card (Blue Card). (See "Other Requirements" for further information.) Also see: http://www.usq.edu.au/education/professional-experience/blue-card.

Rationale

Play is considered one of the most important vehicles for learning for young children. Play is intrinsically motivated, an end in itself. It is through play that physical development, social development, intellectual development and emotional development are nurtured and fostered. With the increased awareness of the need for child responsive practice in programming for young children, play comes into its own as the most appropriate practice.

Synopsis

This course will introduce play as a vehicle for learning and seeks to introduce students to appropriate practice in programming in early childhood contexts. This course considers play in a developmental perspective and investigates types of play, general patterns of play, general characteristics of play and appropriate play materials. The course also considers the creation of motivating and challenging play environments and the way that creativity and inquiry develops through play. Aspects such as gender and culture are also considered in prior to school settings. A 15 day professional experience placement is attached to this course. NOTE: Minimum enrolment numbers apply to this offering. Should enrolments not reach the minimum number required for on-campus study, students may be transferred to the EXT or ONLINE offering and advised of this change before semester commences.

Objectives

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between play and development in young children (Assignment 1 and Assignment 2 and Professional Experience)
  2. demonstrate an understanding of play as a vehicle for learning (Assignment 1 and Assignment 2 and Professional Experience)
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between play and children's development of skills of inquiry and creativity (Assignment 1 and Assignment 2 and Professional Experience)
  4. provide play experiences that enable participation at a range of development levels (Assignment 2 and Professional Experience)
  5. plan age appropriate programs using play as a social mode for meaning-making and learning (Assignment 1 and Assignment 2 and Professional Experience)
  6. engage in reflexive praxis in Early Childhood professional settings (Professional Experience)
  7. demonstrate an understanding of play as an expression of culture and identity (Assignment 1 and Assignment 2 and Professional Experience)
  8. use written communication effectively and appropriately (Assignment 1 and Assignment 2 and Professional Experience)
  9. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing. (Assignment 1 and Assignment 2)

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. The development of play: Play as the cornerstone of development 20.00
2. Images of children and childhood 20.00
3. Play and socialisation 10.00
4. Profiles of play 20.00
5. Creativity and Play 10.00
6. Promoting inquiry in play contexts 10.00
7. The importance of play in programming: Integrating play, development and practice 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2013&sem=02&subject1=EDE2010)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • Van Hoorn, J., Nourot, P., Scales, B., & Alward, K 2011, Play at the centre of the curriculum, 5th edn, Pearson, Upper Saddle River, NJ.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Beaty, J. J (2006), Observing development of the young child, 6th edn, Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ.
  • Isenberg, J. P., & Jalungo, M. R (2001), Creative expression and play in early childhood, 3rd edn, Merrill, Upper Saddle River, NJ.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 80.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PRACTICUM 1 1 16 Jul 2013 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 1 - ESSAY 40 40 02 Sep 2013
ASSIGNMENT 2 - PE PORTFOLIO 60 59 14 Oct 2013

NOTES
  1. A mark of one (1) indicates you have passed the Professional Experience component. A mark of zero (0) indicates you have not passed the Professional Experience component. Professional Placement should be conducted as per the Professional Experience Calendar unless approval has been granted by the Course Examiner.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    ON-CAMPUS MODE: It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. EXTERNAL AND ONLINE MODE: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them including discussion fora scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course and must satisfactorily complete the sector-based professional experience.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.

  2. IMPORTANT NOTE: Working with Children: State law in Queensland requires that all adults (including university students, pre-service educators, trainers, vocational teachers, industry educators) working with children under the age of 18, in the State of Queensland*, obtain approval before commencing such work. Many education courses include a practical component (professional experience, project work, research, assessment etc.) that may require engagement with children under the age of 18. It is your responsibility to ensure that you possess a current suitability card (Blue Card) before commencing any practical components of this course. DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN ANY PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN UNDER 18 UNLESS YOU POSSESS A CURRENT 'BLUE CARD'. For further information: http://www.usq.edu.au/education/profexp
    *If you are undertaking practical experience outside the State of Queensland, Australia you
    should check local requirements.