Course Title: Applying a Project Approach in Early Childhood

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Applying a Project Approach in Early Childhood

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

TCHE2372

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

TCHE2372

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

360H Education

Workplace

Sem 2 2012

Course Coordinator: Allison Byth

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7480 (reception)

Course Coordinator Email: allison.byth@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

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. This course is one of a sequence of professional experience courses designed to develop your teaching practice. In this course you will draw upon theories of Dewey and the Reggio approach to early childhood education to explore project based learning. You will link theory with practice by undertaking tasks during professional practice that relate directly to the theoretical thought you will explore around “new education”. You will focus on the arts and plan provocations that lead to an in-depth project with a small group of children. You will be able to articulate the value of such educational practice.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Plan an emergent curriculum approach to children using arts based activities 
  • Document the learning that has occurred during the art based project and communicate it to children and families
  • Articulate the theories that underpin a project based approach to education context


You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

  • Engage with diverse learners in a range of educational contexts in order to develop skills and knowledge for flexible and adaptable participation in professional communities of practice. 
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on complex theories and recent developments both local and international contexts.
  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse educational contexts.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.


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.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

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 Student Charter www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/supporting-learning-and-teaching/student-charter/ summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at: www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1