Essay Philosophy and practice


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Part A: Philosophy Statement

Develop your own personal/professional philosophy statement for early childhood pedagogy. Your philosophy statement will be drawn from critical reflections about your previous training and workplace experiences and your readings and understandings from this unit. 

The statement is to be written as 8-12 principles (numbered points), each principle will comprise 2-3 sentences and a key highlighted word that conveys what essentially the principle is about.

Part B:  Rationale for your philosophy statement

Aim to comprehensively justify your philosophy statement (Part A) with reference to early childhood theory and curriculum perspectives. Explain why you have identified particular principles for inclusion in your philosophy statement and why they are important in early childhood education.

Helpful notes:

  • Refer back to the numbered principles in your statement when relevant.
  • You must provide support throughout your rationale by referencing your readings.
  • Your rationale should include discussion about any philosophical principle changes you have recently made and why.
  • Part C:  Examples of your philosophy statement in practice
  • In this final part, the aim is to employ Parts A and B above to reflect on and deepen your understandings of links to practice. Use either hypothetical or actual examples from your workplace to illustrate how your philosophy statement principles are enacted in early childhood settings. Within the word limit here, only choose 2 of your statement principles to provide illustrative practice examples.
  • Helpful notes:
    • Refer back to the numbered principles in your statement when relevant.
    • Make mention of how the practice examples align with the EYLF outcomes for children (DEEWR, 2009).
    • Your personal blog over the trimester may be a useful source of examples.
    • References are useful but not essential in this part, they are your illustrative practice examples.
    • Imagine yourself in a position of justifying your practice to a colleague or parent if that helps.

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