Part A â€“ Introduction
ï‚· Begin part A with an Introduction. In your introduction, you outline the purpose, scope and structure of your assignment. Avoid wordy introductions (e.g. First, I will do this...., Then, I will do that....). Your introduction gives the reader an overall sense of your paper â€“ your overall goal(s), why relevant, what it will cover, the perspective being taken, and how it is organised. The reader does not need to know how you went about the process of developing your assignment.
ï‚· Key (referenced) definitions that are relevant to the whole discussion can also be included in your introduction e.g. What does social-emotional development refer to, what does transition to school mean?
Part A â€“ Body
ï‚· This section is where you analyse and discuss the required aspects of childrenâ€™s social and emotional development which are relevant to childrenâ€™s successful transition to school.
ï‚· There are no options here. Your paper must cover all of the following topics:
o Moral development
o Development of peer relationships
o Family factors
o Gender stereotypes and gender roles
o Emotional development (this area can include attachment and temperament)
o Understanding of self and others
ï‚· Analysis of each area requires you to make decisions about what to select in each area of social and emotional development. What you select will be guided by your focus for this essay.
ï‚· Creating a discussion requires you to:
o briefly describe the selected aspects of social and emotional development and to relate them to developmental norms and/or factors which contribute to their development, as relevant, and
o justify why these aspects will assist childrenâ€™s transition
ï‚· So, in creating your analysis and discussion you need to be quite focussed in what you select to write about. Some key thoughts are:
o Keep in mind you are taking the perspective of a preschool director, so your interest is in children approaching the transition to school, rather than the school context itself or what children develop through the schooling experience.
o You are not required, however, to describe what you would do as a teacher to support childrenâ€™s transition to school. Rather, you are creating a â€˜pictureâ€™ of the abilities and understandings, in the different topic areas, that children typically have acquired by this stage and how these would support their transition to a school environment.
o In this assignment your focus is on successful transition, so avoid discussing issues that may negatively impact on childrenâ€™s transition to school.
o The word count for this section is 2150, and you need to cover 6 key aspects of social â€“emotional development. As a guide, this gives you about 350 words per topic. While each topic does not need to be of equal length, take care that you have some balance i.e. you do not cover one topic in so much detail that it comes at the expense of being able to cover the remaining topics satisfactorily.
ï‚· Provide a very brief conclusion that highlights the main ideas presented in your discussion. Keep it brief (no more than 100 words, for example). Your conclusion should not try to identify what you did in your essay, repeat the same information presented in the body of your discussion, or introduce new ideas.
ï‚· Part B is a handout for parents/families to help their children transition to the school setting.
ï‚· It needs to contain the following elements:
1. a short statement about the purpose of the handout
2. a list of 5 key aspects of social and emotional development which may affect childrenâ€™s successful transition to school. Try to make a clear link between the aspect of social and emotional development and successful transition.
3. one specific strategy related to each of the 5 aspects (covered in point 2) which parents can employ to support their childâ€™s successful transition to school. One approach is to provide the strategy underneath each key aspect.
ï‚· The key aspects should be drawn from the content in Part A of your paper. As there are 6 topics covered in Part A, and 5 aspects required here, you do not need to include an aspect related to each topic. Try, however, to select a range of different and helpful ideas.
ï‚· You will need to develop your own original handout. Utilising existing parent information sheets (that are available online or from other sources) many not be that helpful as your task here is quite focussed (and we are not looking at things like academic readiness for school or the logistics of starting school etc).
ï‚· Keep your audience in mind ie. parents and families. Why would this information be important to them? What ideas do you think might be most useful to those who have a child transitioning to school? Is your language jargon free and accessible to parents? Is it easy to read? What is the tone conveyed?
ï‚· The style of the handout can be quite generic for the assignment e.g. You do not need to include name of preschool, address, contact people etc. Keep the layout simple and format using Word.
Note that the assignment submission facility does not accept formats such as Publisher. While you will be tempted to make your handout attractive and interesting (as you would in practice), do not include images as only the content and general presentation forms part of the marking criteria. You can always add these later if you want to make use of the resource at a later stage
ï‚· Part B can be presented using dot points and headings.