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Assessment 2: Case study report Word/time limit: 1800 (+/- 10%) Due date: 12th June eTexts of the unit: Refer to these books to complete this assignment. Throughout this unit, the eTexts we use each week is: 1. Churchill, R., Godinho, S., Johnson, N. F., Keddie, A., Letts, W., Lowe, K., Mackay, J., McGill, M., Moss, J., Nagel, M. C., Shaw, K. & Rogers, J. (2019). Teaching: Making a difference (4th ed.). John Wiley & Sons Australia. Chapters: 2, 3, 5, 8, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 16 2. Irving, E., & Carter, C. (2018). The child in focus: Learning and teaching in early childhood education. Oxford University Press. Chapters: 2, 3, 14, 5, 12, 11 Assessment overview Drawing on provided case study information, prepare a research report showing how learning is fostered, constraints on learning, and an understanding of the physical, social and intellectual characteristics of learners in the classroom, learning context, and how these affect learning and teaching practice. This assessment supports unit learning outcomes K1, K2, K3, K4, S1, S2, S3, S4, S5, S6, A1, A2 and A3. (Outcomes mentioned at the end of the doc) Assessment details Make your way through the following steps to complete this assessment.  Step 1: Choose your case study Select one case study from the two provided below. You will use the data from this case study to prepare your research report. · Engaging with families at Wynnum Family Day Care (Australian Education Research Organisation, 2022). – refer to attached PDF · Case study: C&K Flagstone Community Kindergarten Jimboomba (Early Childhood Australia, n.d.). – refer to attached PDF Step 2: Conduct your research and identify teaching strategies Choose two chapters from the eText and two peer-reviewed journal articles that will help you analyse and explain the key issues in your chosen case study with a learning theory. From here, identify two teaching strategies including at least one high-impact teaching strategy (HITS) that you learned about in that would help to improve the circumstances and/or support the learners in the case study. Step 3: Develop your report Select the following headings for more details on the requirements of your report. Introduction (350-400 words) Outline the key topics or issues you have identified from reading the case study you have chosen. Ensure you clearly identify your chosen case study. Body (1000 words) Using your research from Step 2, include an analysis of the key issues in your chosen case study using your research. Explicitly make connections between issues/events in the case study, course content, and the required literature. Correct in-text citations are required. Outline the two teaching strategies you selected in Step 2, including at least one HITS that would help to improve or support the learners in the case study. Conclusion (350-400 words) Write a summary of the main findings in your case study report. Note: The reference list is not included in the word count.  Assessment criteria 1. Overview of case study 2. Analysis 3. Teaching practice and recommendations 4. Writing conventions and referencing Course learning outcomes · K1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research into how students learn and the implications for teaching. · K2 Critically examine the situated, complex nature of learning and the physical, social, intellectual, emotional and cultural factors which may affect students' learning and behaviours. · K3 Examine the complex interconnections between learning, pedagogy curriculum, assessment and context · K4 Understand the nature and evidence base of high-impact teaching practices that enable learning and support inclusive student participation and engagement. · S1 Interrogate and question theoretical perspectives and teaching practices and convincingly justify personal viewpoints and decisions. · S2 Read for meaning, critically evaluate research and make thoughtful connections between theory, practice and experience. · S3 Critically examine pedagogical approaches and plan learning experiences using resources that engage learners and enhance learning. · S4 Use effective communication and interpersonal skills. · S5 Closely observe, describe and analyse learning and teaching experiences and make connections to theoretical understandings and research. · S6 Use ICT, literacy and numeracy appropriately within the context of learning tasks and assessment. · A1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of planning, delivering and reflecting on effective teaching strategies that enable learning and support inclusive student participation and engagement. · A2 Use research into how students learn to identify and use a range of resources (including ICT) and pedagogies that engage students in learning. · A3 Engage in professional discussions and writing to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the complex relationships between learning, pedagogy and educational context. Engaging with families at Wynnum Family Day Care June 2022 | Case Page 1 of 4 Case study Overview Wynnum Family Day Care & Education Service, located in Brisbane, is a not-for-profit, home-based service providing early childhood education and care for children from birth to 12 years. In this case study, we look at 3 strategies our family day care educators use to encourage family engagement. All of these examples describe how educators build and sustain collaborative partnerships with families to support children’s learning and development. Summary Our service found that supportive relationships with families develop through trust, collaboration and shared decision-making. We believe that there are two very important ingredients: 1) acknowledging and celebrating the expertise of both the family and the educators, and; 2) providing meaningful learning experiences that are based on shared values and beliefs. Early Years Learning Framework – Principle 2: Partnerships Educators create welcoming environments where all children and families are respected and actively encouraged to collaborate about curriculum decisions to ensure that learning experiences are meaningful. National Quality Standard – Quality Area 6 This quality area recognises (among other things) that each family’s wellbeing and capacity to nurture and support their children, is influenced by the community in which they live and the material resources and social supports available to them. Engaging with families at Wynnum Family Day Care The following case study has been created by Wynnum Family Day Care & Education Service to demonstrate how they engage with families and the benefits of this interaction for children’s education outcomes. Recognising and supporting family engagement in learning at home As a service, we make regular visits to places within our local community. One of our regular outings is to the community library. The library is a wonderful resource for promoting family literacy, engagement in fun, interactive experiences, and a foundation for a love for books and lifelong learning. Regular discussions with families have led us to some interesting findings; for example, we discovered that Engaging with families at Wynnum Family Day Care Australian Education Research Organisation June 2022 | Case Page 2 of 4 not all families were aware that libraries are a free service to supplement access to books at home. We have reflected on the use of community facilities at our service. This reflection has prompted discussions with children and families about what they value the most about our outings. Our educators and families recognise that adding library visits to the weekly program provides children with an opportunity to be involved in their local community, as we share this communal space and interact with a diverse group of community members. Children can see people of all ages gaining enjoyment from reading and accessing a wide variety of printed materials, such as newspapers, magazines, large reference books and maps, written in both English and other languages. During our library visits, children can listen to audiobooks and experiment with other forms of media, such as computers. We often participate in story and music sessions run by the library. These sessions allow children to listen to a story read by a less familiar adult, other parents, grandparents and even other children. This expands the group of people coming together to experience enjoyment from books and reading. The entire group benefits from the interactive nature of these early literacy experiences, nurturing pre-literacy communication and promoting social skills and language development. We have also begun to promote the library to our families as a place to seek information, access reference books and borrow storybooks for children that can assist with explaining difficult topics to children, such as tragedy or grief. Together with the children, we continue our regular visits to the local community. We share our discoveries and enjoyment, extending this awareness to families whose experiences may not have been the same. We have found that children visiting these places with us has given confidence to the families to access these services and resources themselves. This was an amazing finding for us – realising that us sharing our passion can influence others so greatly! Supporting two-way, positive communication and providing light touch updates about learning and development We believe in open and honest communication, and that even the small moments are worth sharing. Recently, we have observed that our younger children (aged 12–18 months) began showing how strong they are in their physical development and how eager they are to leave the table during mealtimes. Over the past couple of weeks, they have learned to push themselves away from the table, signaling that they have finished eating and are ready to engage in other experiences. This observation prompted us to have conversations with families around routines and transitions, and how these are managed at home. We shared our views on children as independent learners, and how we can foster independence. We also spoke about children’s verbal and non-verbal communication, and the way children can express their needs. We see a great value in non-verbal cues and trialed these during mealtimes; for example, role modelling ‘more please’ and ‘finish’ using both words and actions. These strategies were discussed with families along with exploring simple signs and language the educators, families and children could practice together. We have included other repetitive phrases and actions that could be paired with a signal. We Engaging with families at Wynnum Family Day Care Australian Education Research Organisation June 2022 | Case Page 3 of 4 continue to share our knowledge and experiences with families, and, in turn, they share their views with us, maintaining a high level of trust. Promoting a literacy-rich environment at home Storytelling and books are a great passion within our service. We have a large selection of adults’ books for families to access, and children’s books at children’s reach on lower shelves. We engage in spontaneous storytelling anytime when the children are keen. To maintain and encourage children’s interest in stories and lifelong reading, we have started our own book club. Each child decorates their own book club bag and can borrow a book from us to take home to share with their families. When they return the book, the children are prompted to retell the story among the group or tell us about their favourite parts. At other times, a child may simply prefer to choose another book to take home, and that’s okay, too. Our book club experiences take place at any time, especially when a child is returning their borrowed book and is excited to share it with the other children. We also create photo collages of children reading, and display these on the wall next to our bookshelf. It promotes more regular time spent looking through the books – and their photos, of course! Families share their images of children reading at home, or wherever the story is being enjoyed. Shared reading builds a stronger connection between home and our service. We have had a lot of positive feedback from both families and the children: ‘We love the book club initiative. It is so generous of you to loan us your books and gives the kids a lovely incentive to read more at home. It also teaches a real-world concept of the library with a personal touch from you.’ We have shared the techniques explained in Mem Fox’s Reading Magic with our families, encouraging those who were not avid readers themselves to appreciate the value of exploring books with their children. An important message for parents is that reading aloud, reading often and providing children with plenty of opportunities to hear stories is a wonderful start and helps with their child’s learning development. We also encourage storytelling using pictures and props to prompt imagination and generate storylines. We have a number of books that share cultural connections to our children’s and educator’s identities. This authenticity allows us to talk to children about diverse backgrounds, customs, traditions and festivals as they use the pictures to enquire.
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