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EDN470 Professional & Action Learning Project

Appendix A

ETHICS CHECKLIST
ProfessionalActionLearningResearchEDN470

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Student Name: Stacey Talbot

Student Number: 32189595

Name of the course that you are enrolled in:

Please answer the following questions;

1. Is your Professional Action Learning Project being conducted with students you
normally have teaching responsibility?
YES

2. Is your research based around activities that are the normal learning/teaching
activities of the program that you are involved?
YES

3. In the box below please indicate who your students are including their age, what you
want to research, and one sentence about how you want to do it.

The students I will be working with for this action research assignment are a group of six

kindergarten students. They will be a mix of gender and will be chosen based on their
availability and in accordance with my mentor teacher and the students parents. The children
in this group will be aged between 4 and 5.
For this assignment I will be researching ways to help to make the kindergarten transition
time a more positive experience and to understand better myself what it is that children need
to help become more calm themselves. I will do this by trialing different techniques as well as
working closely with the children and my mentor teacher to find out what works.

If you answer NO to either question one or two above and your research involves
interviews or surveys of students you will need to obtain written consent from the
parents or legal guardian. See Appendix C for an example of a consent letter.

Assignment 1
PROFESSIONAL & ACTION LEARNING
PROJECT RATIONALE & PLAN
Appendix B(i): attach to Assignment 1
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Name:StaceyTalbotStudentNo:32189595

EmailAddress:staceytalbot2@gmail.com

YourCourseCode:Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) (B1269)

ClassroomDetails/YearLevelwhereyourprojectwilloccur:Kindergarten

NameofSchool:NurtureOneEarlyChildcareCentre

NameofMentorTeacher:EmilyGardener

EmailofMentorTeacher:emily.gardner15@outlook.com

Numberofstudentsinvolvedinyourproject:6

YourPreviousTeachingExperience/TeachingBackground

Areaofteachingexperience(listpreviousteachingpracticums):
30HoursRedcliffePrimarySchool(years67)
30hoursBelmontCityCollege(years812)
60hoursAshfieldPrimaryschool(years34)
30hoursGoodstartEarlyLearningCentre(age34)
CurrentworkplaceNurtureOneWangaratta(casualemployee)

Assignment 1
PROFESSIONAL & ACTION LEARNING
PROJECT RATIONALE & PLAN
Appendix B(ii):

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ETHICS REFLECTION FORM


1. Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: 7.1 Meet professional ethics and responsibilities
2. Excerpt from the Early Childhood Australias Code of Ethics: I (educator) will

Act in the best interests of all children.


Create and maintain safe, healthy environments, spaces and places, which enhance childrens
learning, development, engagement, initiative, self-worth, dignity and show respect for their
contributions.
Acknowledge the uniqueness and potential of all children, in recognition that enjoying their
childhood without undue pressure is important.
Acknowledge the holistic nature of childrens learning and the significance of childrens cultural
and linguistic identities.
Acknowledge children as competent learners, and build active communities of engagement and
inquiry.

Ethical Considerations while conducting your project Why is it important?


1. The nature of the child - they are young and vulnerable.
2. Because we have to consider our values and conceptualisations of childhood beings or
laboratories?
3. We are privileged to join the world of the child -we need to respect that privilege.
4. Ethical issues are NOT static and rarely resolved but kept under constant review.
Complete the ethics reflection form below provide answers to each question

In gathering personal information about the child for your project what safeguards have you put
in place to protect the confidentiality of the child?
The child will only be referred to in my assignment by their first name and this information will only
be shown to my tutor, the childs parent (if requested) and myself.
How might your project strategies/ methods be seen as intrusive?
My project strategies/methods will be aimed at improving the well being and learning experience of the
children, to do this I will be asking the children open-ended questions which could possibly be seen as
intrusive, however the children will be free to answer them or not.
How might your project involve physical risk or anxiety to the child?
As my research and strategies are altering the childrens routine some children may become anxious
with this change, so I will ensure that they are told of these changes before they take place and I will
monitor their feelings through open-ended questioning. There should be no increase in physical risk to
any of the children involved.
How will you respect the privacy and the reputation of others during your project?
It is important to not make prejudice judgements of any of the students involved in my project. I will
remain professional throughout the research and ensure I follow both the guidelines set by the
university and those set by the kindergarten.
How will you ensure that you do not ask the children to disclose information of a sensitive
nature?
By asking children questions that only concern how they are feeling, and not pressuring them to
answer these.
How will the children be told about the results of your project? Will they have verbal feedback, a
written summary?
As this will occur in my workplace, I will ensure that I talk to children about the results once I have
received these, I will also be able to talk to parents about these results to a level of detail to meet their
interests.
How will the children give their consent to participate in your project?
As children are under the age to give consent I will be receiving consent from parents and from the
kindergarten. After this is received I will ask children verbally if they would like to be a part of the new
activities
What will you do if a child does not wish to engage in one of your project activities?
If a child does not want to participate I will not force them to do so.
Where will your project data (information) be stored?
In a journal that I will keep with me, and also on my laptop once the information is typed up.
What ethical issues might emerge during your project?
If a child wants to stop with the activities at any stage they will be allowed to do so
If a parent no longer would like their child involved in the activities again the child will no longer
have to participate
If the child becomes anxious at any stage then time will be taken by me to reassure the child and
check if they wish to continue with the new activities