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ECE 295 - Student Teaching Practicum

ECE Student Teaching Practicum


ECE* 295: Student Teaching Practicum

The student participates in 225 hours of training in a NAEYC accredited early childhood education program. The student will assume responsibilities appropriate to his/her skills, knowledge and experience. Attendance is required at seminars as well as completion of the 225 hour practicum requirement. 
Prerequisites: 40 hours of approved course work and permission of instructor.

Teacher Inquiry & Intervention Instructions

Fall 2016, ECE 295, Advanced Early Childhood Education Curriculum

Teacher Inquiry & Intervention Instructions


Teacher Research Article:  

Write a 5 page, double spaced, Teacher Inquiry and Intervention Research Article on an Early Childhood Education curriculum topic that is tied to the child you are observing for your final teaching portfolio. Your research will consist of ten observations. You must incorporate the data collected from these observation into the article. (You may use the same observations you have taken for your Child Assessment and Portfolio as long as they appropriately fit the topic). You must use professional sources to support your inquiry, intervention and conclusion. Your article needs to have a beginning, a middle, and an end.  It should consist of an introduction, the main body of your article, and a conclusion. Include subheadings.  


In your introduction, state your purpose and goals. The purpose and goals you choose must be related to the child you are observing (you might choose to address either their strengths, needs, challenges, interests, behavior, cultural background, socioeconomic status, etc.) Using a pseudonym include child’s age, where the child was observed with a brief description of the program and any other information that is pertinent to your inquiry. State why you chose this topic (using information from your observations), how will learning about this topic help your child, what you hope to discover, how you hope to learn, how learning this information will help you as a professional, why this topic is important to Early Childhood Education, and how you will use the information gathered.  (NAEYC Standards 1a – Knowing and understanding young children’s characteristics and needs, from birth through age 8; 1b Knowing and understanding the multiple influences on development and learning; 3a – Understanding the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment – including its use in development of appropriate goals, curriculum, and teaching strategies for young children) 


In the body of your paper, discuss your observations and some comments (explanations, interpretations, analysis, reflections, or insights) related to what you are learning, and how you are learning it. Using professional journals and resources develop an “intervention” to best suit the needs of your child. You should consider what teaching strategies will best help your child learn. Carry out intervention and record the results. In your article, report what happened, was the intervention successful (why or why not), how could you tell and why you think it may have happened the way it did. Include if there was anything that might have impacted the results, would you attempt this intervention again and what you think might happen if this intervention was consistently applied? Using research consider what other interventions might be beneficial? (NAEYC Standards 1c- Using developmental knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging learning environments, 3b – Knowing about and using observation, documentation, and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches, including the use of technology in documentation, assessment, and data collection; 3c – Understanding and practicing responsible assessment to promote positive outcomes for each child, including the use of assistive technology for children with disabilities, 4b- Knowing and understanding effective strategies and tools for early childhood education, 4c- Using a broad repertoire of teaching/learning approaches to promote young children’s development; 4d Reflecting on their own practice to promote positive outcomes for each child; 5b Knowing and using the central concepts, inquiry tools, and structures of content areas or academic disciplines, 5c- Using their own knowledge, appropriate early learning standards, and other resources to design, implement and evaluate meaningful, challenging curricula for each child ) 


Explain what information you will share with parents. What do they need to know about their child, the topic and what you discovered? How will you choose to share this information, why would you choose this method? How can parents support their children and adapt these interventions to work at home?   Write clearly and use examples to illustrate the ideas you discussed in your article.  (NAEYC Standards 2c – Involving families and communities in young children’s development and learning; SS3 – Written and verbal skills)


 In the Conclusion write a summary of what you learned. Refer back to your Introduction. Did you achieve your purpose, goal?  Did you learn what you expected to learn? What skills did you use to complete the assignment? How was it beneficial to you as a student and as an early childhood professional? How did using research benefit your child, their family and you as a teacher?  (NAEYC Standards 4b – Knowing, understanding, and using effective approaches, strategies, and tools for early education, including appropriate uses of technology; 6d – Integrating knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on early education) 

Included in your Conclusion must be information that is connected to guidance and/or children’s social and emotional development.  (SS4 – Making connections between prior knowledge/experience and new learning) 

List of Observations

On a separate page at the end of your article, include the Date, Setting, and Focus for ten or more observations.  You can use observations from your child portfolio assignment that are appropriate to your topic.

Outside References

You must use at least 3 outside references in addition to your own observations, cite references used within your article and list them on a separate page at the end of your article.  You must use APA format for all citations. It is strongly suggested that students ask library personnel for help regarding professional journals and use the tutoring center for help with writing and citation.   

Additional Information

Originality, critical thinking, reflection, thoroughness, and passion are highly valued in this research article.  Drafts of teacher research articles will be shared and edited by classmates.  (NAEYC Standards 6c – Engaging in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice; using technology effectively with young children, with peers, and as a professional resource; SS3 – Written and verbal skills)  

The Introduction to your article is due Oct. 13, 2016. We will be sharing your drafts with your classmates to edit, so please be sure to bring a hard copy. The final copy of your article is due on Dec. 8, 2016.   Oral presentations will be on Dec. 15, 2016.

Oral Presentation.  You will present orally what you have learned through your research and how you will use what you have learned in your teaching.  (NAEYC Standards 6a – Identifying and involving oneself with the early childhood field; 6c – Engaging in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice; using technology effectively with young children, with peers, and as a professional resource; SS2 – Mastering and applying foundational concepts from general education; SS4 – Making connections between prior knowledge/experience and new learning)