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Module code: EDF601
Credits: 25
Semester: Year-Long
International: Yes
Coordinator: Séamie O'Neill (FROEBEL EDUCATION)
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This module is designed to prepare and equip students for School Placement. It consists of three elements: School Placement, Early Childhood Education and Inclusive Education.

Within the lectures, the focus is placed primarily on early childhood and Inclusive education, classroom management and lesson planning appropriate for the junior classes in primary schools (Infants to 2nd class) and children with Special Educational Needs. The module explores the stages of child development, the creation of positive and constructive learning environments, play and other methodologies, in addition to examining theoretical influences on teaching and learning from literature on early childhood and Inclusive Education. The module explores the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework, Aistear in addition to policy documents pertaining to inclusive education.

With regard to Inclusive Education, key concepts underpinning educational provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs are examined. Guidelines and supports provided by the DES and other government agencies are discussed and students are required to develop knowledge of the characteristics associated with particular disabilities in addition to the range of specific methodologies and specialist resources/equipment available to support learning.

Inspired by Froebelian influences, SP1 allows students to become familiar with the culture and practices of schools through observation in an infant classroom one day a week.In Semester 2, students undertake a 3 week placement in infant settings and a 3 week placement in 1st or 2nd class setting. This allows students to build on their teaching and classroom management skills. Students must independently pass both the Classroom Performance and Placement File elements of each School Placement.
Students also undertake a one week Gaelscoil placement and academic service placement in Semester 2.
On all placements, students are expected to work closely with their co-operating teachers and engage in professional dialogue and learning with their peers in an effort to make connections between placement experience and educational theories.

Due to Covid-19 opportunities for School Placement may be limited.

Open Learning Outcomes
Open Teaching & Learning methods
Open Assessment
Open Repeat options
Open Timetable
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