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This course specifically aims to give students the opportunity to examine their values, attitudes and beliefs in regard to children, childhoods, whanau and early childhood contexts, and to explore how these impact on their understandings of themselves as teachers. This course will support students to articulate aspects of their developing teaching philosophy.
On the successful completion of the course students will be able to:1. Identify their personal values, beliefs and attitudes and discuss how these may impact on their emerging philosophies and identities as a teacher2. Demonstrate and reflect critically on communication skills with infants, toddlers and young children, parents/whānau, colleagues and self3. Develop skills required for retrieving, evaluating, and presenting information4. Demonstrate achievement of dispositions and competencies on Professional Practice
Students must attend one activity from each section.
McArdle, F., Gibson, M., & Zollo, L;
Being an early childhood educator:Bringing theory and practice together;
Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 2015.
All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to Regulation J of the General Course and Examination Regulations. Work submitted may be analysed by the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism. Where there is evidence that cheating or plagiarism has occurred students will be awarded an X grade and the matter will be referred to the Head of the School of Teacher Education.
This course is graded on a pass/fail basis. Satisfactory completion of Assignment 1 (presentation) and Assignment 2 (professional practice: completion of documentation and a pass for placement practice) is required to pass the course.
A student seeking credit in any course must attend such lectures, and perform satisfactorily such oral, practical, written and other work as the Head of Department/School concerned may require. (University of Canterbury Calendar 2018)Students are expected to attend all scheduled course sessions, actively engage with course content and actively participate in course activities in order to meet the learning outcomes of the course. Students are expected to notify the lecturer prior to their absence with an explanation. Extended absences must be accompanied by a medical certificate or similar (as for aegrotat provisions).Students with less than 80% attendance are at-risk of not meeting the criteria for seeking credit in the course. Insufficient attendance may make students ineligible for professional practice. The course coordinator may require evidence that they have actively engaged with the content and activities of the missed sessions. Attendance evidenceOn Campus students – attendance and active participation at lectures, workshops, labs and/or Adobe connect (webinar) sessions, accessing of ECHO360 recordings, completion of forum tasks, participation in educational setting/school visits and other requirements specified by the course coordinator.As well as attending classes, it is essential that all students regularly access the course Learn site. All course information such as the course kaupapa, notices, assessment information, required and recommended readings, audio recordings of some lectures, and other teaching resources etc. will be available on this site
Formal and informal evaluation will take place in accordance with the relevant Course Evaluation Policy, to provide feedback to staff about the relevance and validity of what has been learned as well as the quality of course delivery.
The courses will be internally moderated in accordance with the processes adopted by the College of Education, Health and Human Development. An examiners’ meeting will be held at the end of the course to determine the final grades and to ensure fairness and consistency.
All assignments must be submitted on or before the due date. If an assignment is late (without a prior arranged extension) then it will normally not be marked. However, if the course coordinator is notified within 24 hours of the due date and there is a genuine issue, for which evidence must be given, it may be considered but the assignment grade is usually restricted to a minimum passing grade (50%) for that assessment.
Assignments must be word processed in Times New Roman 12 point font with a 3cm left hand margin and 1.5 line spacing. Every page must be named and numbered. APA format is required for references. Keep a copy of all assignments. Students must attach a completed cover sheet to all work.
Extensions are reserved for exceptional circumstances only (e.g. illness, accident, bereavement or critical personal circumstances) and are not granted automatically. The course coordinator must be contacted by email at least two days before the due date, and the application must be supported by relevant evidence (e.g. medical certificate, letter from a counsellor). An extension will normally be for no more than one week and the date of the extension will be provided to the student in writing.Extensions will not be granted because of pressure of University study, e.g. several pieces of work being due around the same time. The procedure for extensions is fully outlined in the College of Education, Health and Human Development Assessment Guidelines.
Resubmissions of assignments are not permitted in this course.
Where for reasons beyond their control, students are prevented from completing an assessment or suffer significant impairment, they may apply for what is known as “special consideration”. University of Canterbury Special Consideration provisions may apply to impaired performance, non-completion of assessment items, and to late discontinuation (withdrawal) from a course. A detailed description of special consideration and materials to support the applications process are available at: Special Considerations Process. Generally speaking, applications for special considerations should be lodged within five working days of the due date of that assessment item. For more details on this, please refer to the Special Considerations Regulations. This information replaces any previous references to special consideration, Aegrotat or Backdated (Late) Withdrawal in the Course Information System, Learn or Course Outlines. If you are unclear about the implications or process please discuss with your Course Coordinator or contact the Student Advice team for assistance.
On-campus students must submit their assignments through Turnitin via the course Learn site by 5.00pm on or before the due date. Save your file as a Microsoft Word document (inclusive of the cover sheet) with your last name, first initial in the title box (e.g., Smith, C). Other file formats, e.g., RTF will not be accepted. Any student failing to meet submission requirements will be required to re-load their assignment according to these instructions. This will risk incurring a late penalty.It is the responsibility of the students to check their Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system. Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated. (Students who have unreliable internet access are advised to attend to this early in the course to prevent last minute pressures).For ICT help call our free call number 0508 UC IT HELP (0508 824 843) or on 03 369 5000. Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm (excluding public and university holidays)Assignments will be returned via the course Learn site.Professional Practice Report Book and Portfolio: On-campus students should submit their Professional Practice Report Book and Portfolio to the Professional Practice Administrator, Level 2 Rehua Building by the due date.
Domestic fee $785.00
International fee $3,500.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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School of Teacher Education.