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EDM5016 Early Years Data and Assessment

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Education
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 22 March 2023


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDCH or MELT


A critical role of early childhood teachers involves research, observation and documentation, using a range of assessment strategies in order to support children’s learning and to inform curricular and pedagogic planning. Early childhood educators typically draw upon a range of pedagogical documentation and data to gain insight on how a child thinks, a child’s interests, their abilities, and how they connect reciprocally with others and their environment. Observational, analytical and reporting skills, together with the interpretation of data, are foundational to quality educational practice, enabling teachers to identify potential barriers and challenges to children’s learning and involvement, to plan appropriately challenging learning opportunities, and to report effectively on children’s learning progress to parents, carers and other stakeholders.

This course examines the role of data and assessment in learning and teaching processes, and builds an understanding of the purpose of different data sets at varying levels of diagnostic relevance for early childhood teachers to understand children. Preservice teachers will learn how and when to use a range of assessment strategies and how to interpret data to inform planning and to modify teaching practices using relevant curriculum frameworks. In addition, preservice teachers will learn skills of observation, analysis and reporting as the basis for communicating with parents in order to involve them in their child's educational experience. Preservice teachers will be introduced to a data driven decision-making cycle for planning and develop knowledge and a rationale for gathering accurate information on and with children, which is the foundation for planning and organising appropriate learning opportunities for learners and for teachers' own professional learning needs.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2023 Online
Date printed 22 March 2023