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Bachelor of Science (Early Childhood Education) Year 4 Module Listings

Module Code:EC8401ECTS Credits:15

Overview

This module will provide a bridge from the broad based theory of the modules in Years 1-3 to the focused field placement period. This module will support students as they develop as professionals in the world of education. The content of the module will enable students to make sense of the theory gained during the course work and prepare them for applying it to their individual work placement situation in order to contribute to meeting the educational needs of rapidly changing environments. A portion of the course will be devoted to focusing on key aspects of practice in an early childhood setting such as developing positive relationships, implementing routines, dealing with challenging behaviour, everyday policies used by early childhood settings, writing reports and choosing resources. Reflective practice will be central to this module and the students will be supported by the provision of reflective sessions throughout the module. These sessions will allow the student the opportunity to deconstruct their experience in the field in a forum that is collegial and sensitive to the needs of the work placement period.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Explain how theoretical learning from this module and other relevant modules in the programme may be applied to the workplace environment.      
  • Identify their own specific needs as they make the transition from the course to the professional world.
  • Identify the necessary skills and sub-skills necessary for innovation in the early childhood education setting.             
  • Prepare personal goals for the early childhood field placement.
  • Summarise their educational values with a view to focusing on personal learning outcomes for the field placement.
  • Summarise their own skills, talents and competencies that are relevant to practice in early childhood education.
  • Identify the critical skills necessary to evaluate their experience.
  • Articulate and evaluate  the essential skills required for effective practice with infants, toddlers and young children in an early childhood setting.
  • Plan activities that will promote positive professional relationships with colleagues and confident engagement with relevant professionals.

Method of Assessment

Reflective Learning Journal (60%)

Presentation (40%)

Module Code:EC402ECTS Credits:15

Overview

The Field Placement module is a continuation of the work completed by students in the Professional Development: Applying Theory to Practice module

Central to the spirit of the programme in Early Childhood Education is an impetus towards providing students with the necessary practical skills to work productively within a variety of early childhood educational settings. This module is designed to offer students further opportunity to experience on an extended basis a workplace environment selected by them based on criteria provided by the Institute (8 week block placement with two Marino-based reflective days – online and tutor support will be provided). Students will undertake their field placements within organisations or bodies which will introduce them to the applied, concrete competencies necessary, while at the same time, affording them an opportunity to network and interface with established professionals in the field. Selection of workplace environment will be the responsibility of the student in the first instance, but support will be offered by the Institute should difficulties arise. All placements must be approved by the placement support coordinator in MIE prior to commencement.

It is intended that students will be encouraged to apply the theoretical concepts and skills acquired during lectures and workshops over the course of their internship. At all times, students will be supported in playing an active and productive part on the team to which they have been assigned. Students will be encouraged to become “reflective practitioners” during the placement. To support them in doing this, students will be required to compile a professional portfolio which will detail their synthesis, evaluation and critical analysis of the work placement experience.

It is expected that students will engage in non-assessed field placements in years 1-3 most likely carried out in the student’s current place of work (or in the case of a CAO candidate not working in the sector, a placement shall be sought).

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Compile instances of the application of knowledge and skills acquired on the course in a professional setting with a focus on communication skills, self-development, problem solving skills, leadership and team work skills, organisational skills and the application of course based knowledge to the field placement setting. 
  • Review communication skills used which facilitated positive interaction with infants, toddlers and young children in the early childhood setting.
  • Prepare appropriate resources and displays to support their engagement with infants toddlers and young children.
  • Describe how a positive learning environment supporting child centred learning and holistic development for children from birth to 6 years could be organised and maintained.
  • Summarise professional discussions with colleagues, members of management and other professionals in the field.
  • Reflect critically on his/her practice so as to inform that practice.
  • Critique their commitment to democracy, equality and social justice in their early childhood practice.
  • Plan for active participation in the work of the placement provider.
  • Identify career related skills and job opportunities in their chosen sector.
  • Evaluate their learning from the work placement by means of an oral presentation.

Method of Assessment

Portfolio (75%)

Presentation (25%)

Module Code:EC8403ECTS Credits:30

Overview

This module is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to the research methodologies most commonly employed by researchers when conducting research with babies, toddlers and young children, in order to prepare students for the completion of a research dissertation. Quantitative, Qualitative and Mixed Method approaches will be explored.  Central to this module will be the application of these research paradigms to the final year mandatory research project which all students will undertake. Students will be introduced to other key elements required for the successful preparation of the dissertation including ethics in research, reviewing literature and academic writing.  The topic of the dissertation must link to and build on an aspect of the coursework completed so far, i.e. core modules, specialisation module, work placement.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Formulate research objectives and questions
  • Create a research proposal suitable for a dissertation topic at undergraduate level
  • Discuss the concepts underpinning approaches to research
  • Identify and select appropriate methodologies for their dissertation
  • Defend and justify the choice of methodology in the light of current debates in the research literature
  • Compare and contrast the efficacy of their choice against other research approaches
  • Critically evaluate the research literature within their chosen research area
  • Construct valid arguments in the light of the data collected and analysed

Method of Assessment

12,000 word dissertation