EDM182-Professional Studies: The Reflective Early Years Teacher

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Geoff Taggart

Email: g.taggart@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
«p»This module is linked with experiences in settings and requires critical analytical reflection of practice. There is a focus on evaluating the process of planning and teaching to promote an inclusive and enabling environment that celebrates diversity. Trainees are expected to develop their understanding of the EYFS for children’s various developmental stages and the most appropriate environment for teaching and learning. The role of the Early Years Teacher, children’s development and learning and implementation of the EYFS will be studied in detail.«/p»


• To consider the nature of inclusive practice and diversity in settings

• To constructively and critically reflect on practice to develop and improve children’s development and learning 

• To develop an appropriate understanding of how research and recent literature inform and improve teaching and learning 

• To develop an appropriate understanding of the effectiveness of organisational arrangements within and beyond settings

• To develop an appropriate understanding of how research and recent literature inform professional values and practice 

Assessable learning outcomes:

On successful completion students will:

• Demonstrate critical awareness of EYFS and ongoing formative assessment

• Demonstrate critical awareness of issues around inclusive practice and diversity

• Relate reflective analysis to the principles of effective teaching and learning

• Critically evaluate reading in terms of the quality of argument and evidence versus opinion

Additional outcomes:

This module will provide evidence towards achievement of the Early Years Teachers’ Standards.

Outline content:

The module content will examine the discourses and dialogues around inclusive practice and the creation of an enabling environment to celebrate diversity and enhance learning, within the Foundation Stage. The impact of recent research and literature, as well as national initiatives, will be evaluated. Links to practice will be made, with a focus on the professional development of the trainee.

Global context:

All settings engage with the global citizenship agenda.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module is delivered through a combination of e-learning and taught elements. Setting experience will contribute to achievement of the outcomes.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20 15 5
Guided independent study 90 90 100
Placement 40 30 10
Total hours by term 150.00 135.00 115.00
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

8,000 word case study on a chosen child

Formative assessment methods:

Feedback on child observations and reflective accounts at mid-point in the module

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:


Reassessment arrangements:

Resubmission of coursework within one month of return

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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