ED2FDL-Supporting development and learning for 0 – 11 years

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer 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 will focus on the curriculum areas and frameworks which underpin practice within early years/educational settings (0-11 years): the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stages One and Two within the National Curriculum. It will consider the ways that practitioners can assess effectively, for example, through evaluation of methods and assessment. The module will consolidate prior learning around curriculum frameworks and apply theories of development and learning to practice. This module has an emphasis on the application of learning to practice in the workplace.

The aims of this module are to reinforce knowledge and understanding of development and learning from 0-11 through:
•Critical analysis of the curriculum or framework within their own workplace which is supported by a wider knowledge of the curriculum from 0-11 years
•Identification and evaluation of suitable tools of assessment and evaluation to develop and implement specific plans and activities to meet individual learning and developmental needs of children
•Consolidation of prior learning across programme

Assessable learning outcomes:
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
• reflect upon their own professional role, including but not limited to the development of subject knowledge within the relevant curriculum/framework
• implement and evaluate appropriate assessment methods
• analyse impact of transitions and transfers from one setting to the next
• develop and apply knowledge required for practitioners which are linked to the Common Core of Skills and Knowledge for the Children’s Workforce
• understand and incorporate connections between module, practice and relevant areas of the appropriate curriculum/framework

Additional outcomes:
On successful completion of this module students should also be able to:
•reflect upon and adapt practice in the light of current research
•demonstrate awareness of ethical issues in relation to development and learning and be able to discuss in relation to personal beliefs and values
•apply knowledge of ICT to support development of e-portfolio

Outline content:
•The definition and essential learning areas of the curriculum
•Critical discourse on curriculum areas and content
•Implications towards children’s development and learning
•Assessment and evaluation strategies
•The statutory basis and language of assessment
•Methods of assessment: critical analysis of the assessment process; observation; record keeping and ethical considerations: confidentialities
•Using ICT to support assessment

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work and analytical discussions. Students will be expected to develop their reflective skills throughout the module. Work - based learning will provide an essential contribution to achievement of the outcomes, particularly through the observation and analysis of effective assessment methods and the extension of subject knowledge within relevant curriculum areas.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 12 12
Seminars 3 1 1
Tutorials 3
Fieldwork 5 5
Guided independent study 40 40
Placement 42 36
Total hours by term 3.00 100.00 97.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 90
Practical skills assessment 10

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
Professional Development Portfolio/e-portfolio (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. Peer assessment will also be used at the end of autumn and spring terms.

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:
    Resubmission during summer if candidate would otherwise fail to graduate

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books: Module Handbook has reading list but there are no core textbooks and many resources are available online.
    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:

    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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