ED1FEC-Effective Communication

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Hilary Harris

Email: hilary.harris@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module aims to develop the practitioners’ role as an effective communicator and team member. It has a wide scope within practice, including working with parents and multi-professional teams, reflection on own communication skills, the work of the setting team, the development of children’s language and the role of the practitioner in providing an appropriate environment for learning and development in early years/educational settings (0-11).

The aims of this module are to:

  • explore the development of practitioners into effective communicators
  • evaluate methods to improve liaison with other professionals, both within and outside the setting
  • discuss and reflect upon educational theories in this field and links with current practice
  • identify the key role of parents and carers in children’s development and learning
  • examine communicating effectively with parents and carers
  • identify ways to support other practitioners as they communicate with children, conveying knowledge and skills
  • identify key aspects of effective practice for communication
  • identify factors which promote a suitable environment for children and that promote the development of language.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On successful completion of the module students should be able to:
•identify the nature and key principles of effective communication
•recognise the links between theory and practice
•analyse and evaluate different methods of communication
•establish effective working relationships with other professionals
•identify methods and barriers to effective communication with children, young people, families and carers
•provide an environment for children that promotes the development of language and communication skills
•adapt styles of communication to the needs and abilities of the relationship
•make informed judgements through consultation and negotiation to support effective communication
•understand and incorporate connections between module, practice and relevant areas of the appropriate curriculum or framework
•develop and apply knowledge required for practitioners which are linked to the Common Core of Skills and Knowledge for the Children’s Workforce.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

  • Effective communication - theoretical perspectives on the key issues
  • Development and use of effective communication skills appropriate to the audience
  • Using ICT to support communication in the setting
  • Group dynamics and working with other professionals
  • Role of the professional in relation to parents and carers
  • Communication of knowledge and skills to children
  • Effective communication with children, young people, families and carers
  • The role of the practitioner in children’s language development

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures, discussion groups, tasks, research, work based activities; work – based learning will provide an essential contribution to achievement of the outcomes.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 19.5
Seminars 2
Tutorials 2.5
Guided independent study 76
Placement 100
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Oral assessment and presentation 90
Practical skills assessment 10

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
Presentation with accompanying notes (90%)
Mentor/student professional discussion (10%)

Formative assessment methods:
Group presentation

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    The presentation can be reassessed by alternative assessment during the summer resit period. The work based assessment can be resubmitted during the summer resit period.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    1) Required text books: The essential text books for this module are below. These texts are available in the library or within online resources or you may be able to source them more cheaply than the publisher’s recommended price


    Doherty, J., & Hughes. M. (2013). Child development theory and practice. (2nd ed.). Harlow: Pearson  Education Ltd.approx £28

    Blandford, S., & Knowles, C. (2009). Developing professional practice 0-7. Harlow: Pearson Education. Approx £29


    Wilson, V., & Kendall-Seatter, S.  (2010). Developing professional practice 7-14. Harlow: Pearson Education Approx £29

    2) Specialist equipment or materials: 3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: 4) Printing and binding: 5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: 6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: There may be occasional visits to other settings and to the University of Reading. These visits can be undertaken by shared car journey and are likely to cost no more than £10 per year in petrol.

    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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