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The overall aim of this course is to develop individual practitioner's practice and, through collaboration, to establish a sustainable community of practice. Already experienced practitioners on entry, you will aspire towards 'leading practitioner' status. Given this aspiration, the course will present you with a range of opportunities to rehearse, and hone, the full range of professional skills, including assessing, and being assessed, by your peers.
Collaborative group work, and self and peer appraisal are key elements of the experience in most modules. The final module, the major project, requires that each student undertakes a piece of action research whose focus is the development/improvement of an aspect of early years practice.
* Exploring and Challenging Early Years Professional Practice: An Introduction
* Early Years Pedagogy
* Inclusive Practice in Early Years Contexts
* The Broader Contexts of Early Years Practice
* Major Project
Various assessment methods are adopted, including: coursework, essays, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and case studies. Students will be required to self-assess, and to assess the work of their peers. There are no examinations.