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EDEC4013: EC Internship and Practitioner Inquiry

Semester 2, 2023 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Final professional experience unit in the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood). Students experience the professional work of early childhood teachers over an extended placement of 30 days. Students apply their knowledge, skills and understandings of early childhood teaching and learning, assuming substantive teaching responsibility and related duties, and demonstrate consolidation of outcomes achieved in previous professional experience units. In addition, students design and implement a practitioner inquiry project focused on improving their own practice and supporting professional development during the placement. Findings are presented at a research conference.

Unit details and rules

Unit code EDEC4013
Academic unit Education
Credit points 12
Completion of 168 credit points
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Wilma Murdoch,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Practitioner Inquiry Presentation
Presentation at research conference 7th & 8th December
15% Formal exam period
Due date: 08 Dec 2023 at 23:00
1500 words/ 5-8 minute presentation
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO6 LO7
Assignment Practitioner Inquiry: Final Report
Description of findings, discussion and conclusion
40% Formal exam period
Due date: 10 Dec 2023 at 23:00
1200 words
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO6 LO7
Placement Internship
Attendance, supervising teacher rep
0% Progressive
Due date: 15 Dec 2023 at 23:00
30 days attendance plus one day lead-up
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Introduction to practitioner inquiry
Explore nature & benefits of practitioner inquiry. References/ lit review
30% Week 04
Due date: 27 Aug 2023 at 23:00
600 words
Outcomes assessed: LO5
Assignment Practitioner Inquiry Plan
Detailed plan including aims, rationale, literature review and methods
15% Week 12
Due date: 27 Oct 2023 at 23:00
600 words
Outcomes assessed: LO6

Assessment summary

Practitioner inquiry:

Students will plan a practitioner inquiry project to be conducted during the internship placement.  The findings will be presented at a ‘research conference’ at the end of semester

Internship placement:

A 30-day internship plus one-day lead-up visit to be completed over six weeks.  Assessment components of the placement include 100% attendance, supervising teacher’s report and portfolio

Assessment criteria

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

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We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

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Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to practitioner inquiry / Communities of practice Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO5
Week 02 Literature review / Specialist teaching techniques Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO5 LO6
Week 03 Participants, data generation / Assessment and planning Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO3 LO6
Week 04 Data analysis / Professional identity and pedagogical leadership Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO4 LO6
Week 05 Preparing to implement research plan / Professional challenges Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO6
Week 06 Conducting practitioner inquiry / Reflective practice scenarios Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO6 LO7
Week 07 Conducting practitioner inquiry / Reflective practice scenarios Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6 LO7
Individual consultations for PI One-to-one tuition (4 hr) LO1 LO6 LO7

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 12 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 240-300 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Take increasing leadership responsibility for planning, implementing and assessing quality early childhood curriculum in collaboration with other educator
  • LO2. Take increasing leadership responsibility for communicating and collaborating professionally and respectfully with staff, families, children and community
  • LO3. Critically reflect on practice and exercise professional judgement, making links between theory, philosophy, child development and practice
  • LO4. Clearly articulate a professional identity and philosophy informed by theory and contemporary practice
  • LO5. Appreciate the importance of undertaking practitioner inquiry for ongoing professional development and transformation of practice
  • LO6. Plan, implement and evaluate practitioner inquiry in an early childhood setting with reference to relevant theory, literature and policy documents
  • LO7. Demonstrate a depth of knowledge about a selected aspect of early childhood practice through practitioner inquiry

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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this is the first time EDEC4013 has been offered as 12 credit point unit


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