ED1FLS-Learning Spaces

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Ms Teresa Wilson

Email: t.a.wilson@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
A module that evaluates a range of characteristics of an effective and enabling environment for children in early years/educational settings (0-11), by looking at the development of the child and relevant theoretical perspectives. It also explores aspects of successful transition and transfer for children and the role of the practitioner and other professionals.

The aims of this module are to develop knowledge and understanding of the child’s environment through:

  • Identification of the characteristics of environments that enable development and learning
  • Exploration of how environments influence development and learning
  • Identification of statutory and non-statutory health and safety requirements in early years and education settings (0-11 years)
  • Evaluation of theories and pioneers in this field, with links to current practice
  • Reflection upon the role of the practitioner in maintaining an environment that promotes development and learning
  • Development of strategies of effective communication and engagement with children, young people and families
  • Liaison with other professionals within and outside the setting
  • Identification of issues surrounding transitions and transfers

Assessable learning outcomes:
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
•reflect upon practice to identify an inclusive approach
•recognise how statutory and non-statutory health and safety requirements affect work based practice
•demonstrate creative work based practice, including use of technology
•monitor, evaluate and adapt plans to meet the development and learning needs of children
•recognise the links between theory and practice
•assess own effectiveness in working with children, young people, other adults and parents/carers
•understand and incorporate connections between module, practice and relevant areas of the appropriate curriculum/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:
On successful completion of this module students should also be able to:
•Evaluate the nature and key principles of effective communication and working relationships
•Establish effective working relationships with other professionals
•Use ICT to support communication and effective practice
•Communicate effectively with parents and carers

Outline content:
•Statutory and non - statutory health and safety requirements
•Management of children’s health and well-being in a setting
•Health and safety awareness – the debate on risk
•The importance of anti-discriminatory practice in creating a positive environment
•The role of the professional and evaluation of own practice
•Colour and creativity for a positive environment
•The value of outdoor learning
•The provision of environments to enable learning and development
•International perspectives on effective environments for development and learning
•The use of ICT to support effective practice
•Working with other professionals and effective communication

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 18
Seminars 1
Tutorials 1.5
External visits 6.5
Work-based learning 53
Guided independent study 120
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

Other information on summative assessment:
Poster presentation plus rationale of 1000 words (90%)
Mentor/student professional discussion (10%)

Formative assessment methods:
Work-based discussions with the mentor, plus tutorials and placement experience all contribute to formative assessment.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (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.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    Overall 40%

    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

    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: The poster presentation will require students to use materials (or print a digital image). This should not cost more than a maximum of £5.
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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