Course Title: Linking Theory to Practice: Teaching Two to Eight Year Olds

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Linking Theory to Practice: Teaching Two to Eight Year Olds

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Allison Byth

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7807

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.04.02

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is one of a sequence of professional experience courses designed to develop your teaching practice. This course focuses on linking theory and practices for working with children between the ages of two to eight years. In particular, you will integrate knowledge including curriculum approaches, relevant theorists and philosophies, program planning, quality environments and play based learning. There will be emphasis on child development as well as children’s learning in sociocultural contexts. You will engage in reflective practice as you apply theory to the design of the relational pedagogical spaces and documentation of children’s learning.

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral to your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:
• Describe the development of children between the ages of two and eight years
• Discuss the role of play in learning.
• Identify and review the impact of the work of key theorists on early childhood practice.
• Critically evaluate a range of observation, planning, and curriculum approaches.
• Identify key elements of quality learning environments for young children.
• Articulate a personal, professional philosophy and how this philosophy impacts on practice.


You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:
• Develop and apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to your professional practice and development in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.
• Critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on educational policy and practice in both local and international contexts
• Apply initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving and decision making to enhance your practice and continuing professional development.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will primarily be delivered in a face to face mode. This will include, lectures, tutorial, moderated discussions, audio-visual displays and guest lectures. Students will be expected to undertake self directed learning and research. A component of this course is linked to professional practice experience

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Education students, including guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment in the course will be both theoretical and practical in nature. A range of formative and summative assessment types will be incorporated into the course (for example, developing a Professional Portfolio and a variety of assessment that demonstrates how the specific areas of professional practice have been addressed). Assessment may also include projects and presentations.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the Program Manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.   The statement of student responsibilities summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.   Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described online at:

There are a series of assessment tasks for this course, including tasks to be undertaken during your 20 day Professional Experience (PX).