EDE4103 Multilevel Early Childhood Pedagogy and Curriculum
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.
This course will provide practical frameworks for making curriculum effective and meaningful for children in the early years of school. It is designed to assist students to develop confidence and professional competence necessary for creating responsive learning and teaching environments in the early years of school in multi-age contexts. This course will investigate curriculum priorities in the early years of school and will explore school and institutional policy and practice. It will involve an in- depth and critical examination of curriculum documents with particular emphasis on teaching in P-3 multi -age settings. Students will explore organisation and administration of P-3 classes in which they will experience their teaching practice. Emphasis will be placed on the development of integrated, authentic inquiry -based programs and assessment with a strong focus on incorporating early childhood philosophy and pedagogical approaches in the early years of school. A 25 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 ONLINE offering and advised of this change before semester commences.