|09240046||Faculty of Education||Department: Early Childhood Education|
|Minimum duration of study: 1 year||Total credits: 128||NQF level: 08|
The BEdHons in Learning Support is aimed at Foundation Phase (Grade 1-3) and Intermediate Phase (Grade 4-7) teachers.
Selection is based on:
Subject to exceptions approved by the Dean, on the recommendation of the relevant head of department, a student may not sit for an examination for the honours degree more than twice in the same module.
A final-year student who has failed a maximum of three semester modules or their equivalent, with a final mark of at least 40% in each, may be admitted by the Dean to a Chancellor's examination/s in these modules during January of the following year, provided that this will enable the student to comply with all the requirements for the degree.
A research project is compulsory and must be handed in for examination, as prescribed by the particular department.
The degree is conferred with distinction on a student who has obtained an average of at least 75%, with a minimum of 70% in each module (no rounding).
Minimum credits: 128
Supervised research project of limited scope. Application of quantitative and/or qualitative research methods. Writing a research report and presenting a research paper in a team.
Guided literature research, formulation of a conceptual framework and development of a research proposal for a supervised research project of limited scope.
Principles and foundations of curriculum/programme design and development. International and national models and trends in curriculum/programme development. Principles of outcomes-based programming in the SAQA context. Curriculum development models and instruments in action. Situation and task analysis needs assessment. Development. Dissemination. Implementation as a change process. Assessment and evaluation.
Meta-theories in education. Empiricism; rational empiricism; critical rationalism; critical theory; phenomenology; hermeneutics; system theory; philosophies in education: traditional philosophies; indigenous (African) philosophies. The influence of modernism and postmodernism on education. Sociological imperatives for education. Theories of societal change and roles and values of education. Comparative perspectives on learning theories and their meaning for education.
This module will equip students to implement inclusive education principles by preparing them how to adapt all educational activities to meet the learners’ levels of competence within their unique and diverse teaching and learning contexts. Some of these strategies include: modifying the National Curriculum Statement through applying different curriculum differentiation techniques; adopting a multi-level teaching approach and designing multi-level lessons; and conducting alternative assessment procedures.
This module will equip students with theoretical knowledge and practical skills in dealing with numeracy and literacy in Early Childhood Education and Foundation Phase. It is inquiry-based and takes on a critical stance on issues raised globally and nationally on the mediation and facilitation of literacy and numeracy in the Foundation Phase classroom. Students will be able to assist learners in the acquisition of mathematical and literacy concepts, skills and processes
Develop knowledge and insight regarding learners with learning difficulties. Systemic factors that influence the development of the learner; the impact of perception (motor, visual and auditory) on the integrated learning process and principles of inclusive education. A practical learning support model which focuses on assessment as well as devising a supporting strategies to cater for individual needs.
The nature of educational enquiry: contexts of research, research ethics, truth, rationality, subjectivity and objectivity; Quantitative and qualitative modes of enquiry, research designs and data collection techniques. Various approaches to qualitative research including case study research, historical research, ethnographic research, and action research. Basic concepts and principles of quantitative research. Statistical techniques in the educational research process. Survey methodology and questionnaire design. Classification and graphical representation of data. Descriptive measures. Statistical inference. Data-processing procedures. Parametric versus non-parametric tests. Some test statistics (e.g. F-Test and T-test). Formulating a research methodology for a limited project.
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