EIB704 - Planning for Inquiry Learning: Professional Practice and Portfolio


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

Students commencing from 2021 must be enrolled in course E761, otherwise must be enrolled in course E606 or E511


For E761 students: EIB701 and EIB702

Otherwise, NIL


For E761 students: Must either completed or concurrently enrolled in EIB703 

Incompatible with:


Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

In Person Attendance Requirements
Students who are completing professional experience placements are not required to attend classes or scheduled synchoronous sessions during the placement.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Time engaging in learning activities is expected to total a combined equivalent of 8-10 hours per week.

This includes engagement with materials, responses to tasks, regular forum posting and responding to others, scheduled synchronous and asynchronous seminars, online discussions and independent study.

It is highly recommended that you attend any scheduled synchronous discussions in CloudDeakin throughout the trimester.


It will be each student's responsibility to organise their professional fieldwork.

It will not be a supervised professional experience placement organised through the Professional Experience Office.


This is a capstone unit based on student’s professional practice. It will be based on a period of professional placement (minimum of 3 weeks over the trimester) structured in one of three ways:

  • undertaken as part of normal employment in an IB PYP (Early Years) program
  • a period of internship (paid or unpaid) in a PYP (Early Years) program organized with a school or centre
  • a voluntary unpaid placement in a PYP (Early years) program, organized by the student

As part of the placement, students will observe and contribute to the planning and teaching of a concept-based, transdisciplinary unit of inquiry, as appropriate within the program. Assessment will be based on the planning of a unit of inquiry, and the creation of a professional experience portfolio documenting and reflecting on the teaching of the unit of inquiry. The reflections will include analysis of the use of play-based pedagogy and inclusive approaches in the planning for learning and teaching. Students will also reflect on the growth of their own professional learning and understanding of play-based inquiry learning in Early Years programs over the period of the placement, and identify areas for further growth.

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