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: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Geoff Taggart
Email: g.taggart@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

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.


  • 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
Placement 40 30 10
Guided independent study: 90 90 100
Total hours by term 150 135 115
Total hours for module 400

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:

The below information applies to students on taught programmes except those on Postgraduate Flexible programmes. Penalties for late submission, and the associated procedures, which apply to Postgraduate Flexible programmes are specified in the policy “Penalties for late submission for Postgraduate Flexible programmes”, which can be found here: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/files/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmissionPGflexible.pdf
The Support Centres 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 (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:


Reassessment arrangements:

Resubmission of coursework within one month of return

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

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Last updated: 28 October 2021


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