EC Professional Research Project (EDMT6010)


The Professional Learning Project and Conference focuses on the interplay between research, policy and practice., It focuses on the need for early childhood teachers to critically reflect on their practices and transform them as a consequence of this analysis. The central focus of this unit is the design, implementation, and reporting of a Professional Learning Research Project during the early childhood extended placement (EDMT 6009 Professional Internship. The Professional Research Project articulates development of and/or change of educational practice relevant to the intern's practice over the 9 weeks of the placement. It generally relates to some improvement of, or significant development in teaching practice in the early childhood centre and the impacts on the intended outcomes of children's learning. In addition to a focus on researching in context, students are expected to demonstrate current knowledge and proficiency in using appropriate ICT tools to engage, support and/or document children┬┐s learning. The Professional Research Project must be developed in collaboration with the supervising teacher or centre director. Projects should focus on application of knowledge, skills and understandings around early childhood teaching and learning, exploration of an aspect of the legal, social and ethical responsibilities in the centre, or implementation of an aspect the Early Years Learning Framework.

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1x1hr weekly lecture2x1-hr workshops/consultations over internship for 8 weeks, and a 2-day professional learning conference


2000wd research plan (20%) and 5000wd written research report (50%) and formal presentation at research conference (30%)


MacNaughton, G. & Hughes, P. (2008). Doing Action Research in Early Childhood Studies: A Step by Step Guide. Melbourne: McGraw-Hill Education

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


72 credit points of units

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

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If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.