The assessment is a critical investigation (2000 words) of a topic or topics related to the module, and aligned with the module outcomes.
You are also required to participate in a thorough peer review of your work, and your partner’s work. The peer review is required. YOU CAN NOT PASS THE MODULE WITOUT EVIDENCE OF THE PEER REVIEW. Our guidelines are that you will provide at least 800 words of your own work (3 pages double spaced) to a partner, and you will write a peer review of at least 200 words of commentary on their work (1 page double spaced –a form will be provided, if you would like to use a form). This is a total of 1000 words.
The peer review will not earn a ‘mark’ but you will not pass the module without the required peer review.
There are options for the marked assessment for the module. Each option is meant to be equivalent in content and what it will require of you as a student, but the options are designed to address a range of ways that a person can articulate their learning related to this module. Each option will require 2000 words. Each option will be called a ‘critical investigation’ and will be focused on a topic or topics related to young children and their families. Each option requires the use of at least 7 academic sources, but more sources will help you to earn a better mark.
The critical investigation options are:
1) Critical Investigation/Annotated portfolio of the module outcomes (2000 words – plus 1000 word peer review)
For this option, you will document your learning on learning outcomes 1, 2, and your choice of 3, 4, or 5. Each of the module outcomes that you document should be placed as the heading of a section of the portfolio. In each section, you should write a clearly constructed portfolio piece which demonstrates your learning and is linked to academic readings. You can also use permitted photographs as a component of your portfolio, or other forms of media. You should clearly provide evidence that you have thought critically about topics related to young children and families, and you should clearly demonstrate your growth through engagement in the module sessions.
You should write a total of 2000 words for the entire portfolio, dividing the word count fairly equally amongst the outcomes.
You should incorporate at least 7 academic sources in the writing, but more sources would help you to improve your work.
Module learning outcomes
A student who has successfully completed this Module will:
1. be able to offer informed analysis of the place of children within the family in contemporary society;
2. have developed their awareness of family structures, patterns and relationships;
3. have knowledge and understanding of strategies and practices for working with families;
4. be able to critically analyse and discuss aspects of family life and relate their knowledge and understanding to strategies and practices for working with families;
5. have a critical understanding of the range of professionals and services for families.
Presentation of coursework
Your coursework should be typed or word processed and should conform to academic standards for undergraduate work. Information on referencing and bibliography is given in the BA (ECS) Programme Handbook. Please remember that failure to follow these rules and conventions when preparing a piece of work is likely to affect your grade.
The learning outcomes that your assignment for Children and Families should demonstrate are based on the rationale and learning outcomes for the whole Module, and will be marked against the University marking guide (available in the year 2 programme handbook).
Weekly required readings will be listed in this module handbook overview of the sessions, and on moodle. You will be required to read these texts in order to understand the lecture material. You will also be required to engage in independent reading in order to successfully complete the module assessment. Essential and recommended texts for independent reading are listed in the module handbook and linked to the library reading list for the module (available via the library and linked to moodle). You may also go beyond the reading list in your independent reading, but you should make sure that the texts you consult are suitable academic texts. If you have questions about an academic source, please consult with your tutor.
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