Early Childhood Care Students Display Teaching Resources
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ED300 students display their teaching resources and are pictured here with Professor Lingam, Dr Dakuidreketi and Dr Tiko.
The University of the South Pacific’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) students spent two weeks collaborating with their course coordinator on the ED300 expectations and developing learning-teaching resources and lesson plans.
This is normally done prior to entering ECE educational settings including Early Years classrooms Year 1 and 2, as part of their teaching practice.
Professor Govinda Lingam, Head of the School of Education (SOEd) thanked the students for their efforts saying that the resources should be made useful in their learning and teaching as part of meaningful learning for young children.
Dr Mesake Dakuidreketi, Deputy Head of School also acknowledged the students for their efforts and commended their good work.
Ms Kusum Prakash and Ms Vinata Sharma, Practicum Office staff were elated and thanked the students for their creativity in designing learning resources for young children.
Dr Tiko, Early Childhood Programme Coordinator confirmed that students go on 17 weeks of teaching practice, in which they focus on six ECE focal points. These are:
• Psychology and child development;
• Education and curriculum studies;
• Early childhood pedagogies;
• Family and community contexts;
• History and philosophy of early childhood; and
• Early childhood professional practice
According to Dr Tiko, the above focal points are also the focus of Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), in which the programme is accredited.
Students work around tasks for each of these 6 specifications for all the age groups in the Childcare, Preschool, Kindergarten and Early Years.
The students are expected to think outside the box and show competence in all the six specifications for all the age groups.
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