EC Professional Research Project (EDMT6010)

UNIT OF STUDY

The Professional Learning Project and Conference focuses on the interplay between research, policy and practice, and 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 (internship) (EDMT 6009). The 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, you are expected to demonstrate current knowledge and proficiency in using appropriate ICT tools to engage, support and/or document children¿s learning. Your project will usually build on work completed in Special Interest 2 (EDMT 6003) but must be developed in collaboration with the Mentor Teacher and/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. This unit builds on the work completed in EDMT6003 Special Interest in Early Childhood.

Further unit of study information

Classes

9x5-hr on-campus workshops over internship and/or individual consultations and a 2-day professional learning conference

Assessment

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

Faculty/department permission required?

Yes

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

72 credit points

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

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.

Cross-institutional study

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.