ORBE08005 2016 The Emerging Early Years Professional in Organisational Practice

General Details

Full Title
The Emerging Early Years Professional in Organisational Practice
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
ORBE - Organisational Behaviour
SOCS - Social Sciences
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Roisin McGlone, Sinead Barrins, Orla Walsh
Programme Membership
SG_HEARL_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Early Childhood Care and Educ SG_HEARL_H08 201800 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Care and Educ

Graduate Early Childhood Professionals are emerging into a dynamic, exciting and challenging work environment and require skills, knowledge and competencies to make this important transition. This module aims to develop the leadership role at a time of change within organisations in the early years sector. It reflects upon the complexity of contemporary early years organisations and the challenges and opportunities that exist. It is a multidisciplinary subject drawing from the fields of psychology, management and organisational theory. In this module learners will gain an understanding of the interconnectivity between the individual practitioner and the organisational context. Organisational culture will be defined and it impact on the developing organisation assessed. Effective methods of managing conflict will be examined and models of leading change to provide a lasting impact on both you and your organisation. The module will explore how to lead and influence others and how your particular leadership style affects you and your workplace. Theories of good governance will be examined, the regulatory framework of the sector outlined and the practice of corporate governance within early years organisations analysed.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Explore the psychological factors for the emerging EYP which promotes positive working environments and flourishing in the workplace.


Examine the contribution of personality theory, attribution theory and group processes in understanding the early years working environment.


Analyse the importance and complexities of the roles and responsibilities of team leaders, team members within the early years organisational setting


Critically evaluate conflict management theories and practice, in the context of the evolving early years sector


Assess the impact of organisational culture on professional practice in the workplace and evaluate the role of change management theory for a contemporary early years organisation


Appraise the value of good governance within the  developing professional early years sector

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Delivery will involve one hour lecture and a two hour tutorial. Teaching and learning strategies will be supported by moodle site.

Module Assessment Strategies

Presentation and Case study.

Student will be provided with  a case study of an early years organisation. Within the case study the student is asked to identify aspects of organisatioal  context that requires change (this  could be an identified HRM, Team or Governance issue). Relevant change management theory will be utilised in the assessment of the issues and the identification of the proposed solutions. Recommendations will be advanced accompanied by a clear rationale.

Repeat Assessments

Will be discussed and decided at exam boards and will be based on needs of module learning outcomes.

Indicative Syllabus

In this section of the module, contemporary psychological research on the topics of flourishing, mindfulness and well-being will be outlined and explored. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of taking care of oneself as an ECCE professional in busy, challenging environments and the nurturing of positive coping skills.

In this section of the module, Individual dispositional factors, social perception, attribution theory, attribution biases including kelley's theory, will be examined to prepare the learner for working as an ECCE professional.

Conflict management models: differentiate between key perspective in group and organisational conflict, analysis the key sources of conflict in an organisation, explore ways that conflict can be managed.

Adairs Leadership Model & team development theory. Assessment of Tuckmans Stages of team development and its application in managing the change process in teams, Belbins Team Roles in context, assessment of your individual behavioural type. Working as a professional using collaborative approaches in multi-disciplinary teams.

Change Management Theory: Lewins 3 Phases of Change Model and Kotters’ 8 Step Process and their application in a professional context. Sources of resistance to change and overcoming such resistance.

Organisational culture: an exploration of its role, factors influencing its developmet and maintenance.

Good Governance. Effective governance within the regulatory framework. Establishing and maintaining the vision. Argudens principles of good governance and their application within the emerging professional sector. Governing a sustainable organisation: corporate governance, functions of a governing board; accountability, individual roles and responsibilities; the dynamics of board processes.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 presentation Continuous Assessment Assessment 30 % Week 9 1,2
2 case study Continuous Assessment Assessment 70 % End of Term 3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial Flat Classroom tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2007-01-01 Social Psychology Psychology Press
ISBN 1841694096 ISBN-13 9781841694092

Social Psychology, 3rd Edition provides the only conceptually integrated undergraduate introduction to social psychology, offering a clear synthesis of the cognitive and social, and individual and group influences that shape social behavior.

This textbook offers comprehensive coverage of classic, contemporary, and emerging topics in social psychology. The focus is on underlying, unifying principles that operate across topics, rather than treatment of each topic in isolation, a focus that reflects the increasingly cross-disciplinary developments within and beyond psychology. An emphasis on research carried out in different parts of the world and a sensitivity to cross-cultural perspectives highlight the internationalization of the field in recent years. In addition, the text offers real-world applications of scientific principles to areas such as marketing, law, education, and health. Throughout, the discussion conceptually integrates the pervasive impact of social groups on all aspects of social behavior.

Extensive feedback from reviews of prior editions has helped make this third edition comprehensive, contemporary, and relevant to social psychology students and instructors needs. Effective and helpful pedagogical features include chapter summaries, margin glossaries, tables, graphs, and photographs.

An attractive student-friendly format, and a narrative by two leading scholars that is both lively and rigorous, make this text one of the most respected and acclaimed on the market.

This new edition is supported by an extensive online Social Psychology Student Learning Program (SocSLP) and CD-ROM based Instructor Resources, both of which are free of charge to qualifying adopters.

Recommended Reading
2016-02-01 Flourishing Penguin UK
ISBN 0241257743 ISBN-13 9780241257746

Do you want to be stronger, more optimistic, and creative? Want to be better at grasping opportunities, pursuing goals, and facing set-backs? Do you want to FLOURISH? You may think that in times of crisis survival is the best strategy. But here psychologist Maureen Gaffney shows that in an increasingly uncertain world it is not only possible for us to flourish, but essential that we take steps to do so. In this book she will show you how to achieve a deeper sense of well-being, meaning, and purpose; use adversity as a positive turning point in your life; train your mind to pay attention; master your emotions; and focus on your goals. We can all flourish, and in this exciting and innovative bookpacked full of practical examples and techniquesyou will find the perfect guide to positive living. Drawing on Maureen Gaffney's experience of working with people and organizations around the world, and on new research, this gripping, stimulating, and inspiring book will help you change your life for the better. Get ready to flourish.

Recommended Reading
2004-10-19 Principles of Organisational Behaviour: An Irish Text Gill & Macmillan Ltd
ISBN 0717136701 ISBN-13 9780717136704

It examines individual, group and organisational processes in an attempt to understand human behaviour in the workplace. New chapters on Emotion, Stress and Psychological Well-being, Individual Learning, Organisational Learning, Managing Diversity, Women in Organisations and Intercultural Adjustment and Working Abroad. Each chapter of this new edition features: - Learning objectives stated at the outset. Presents introductory material along with some more advanced concepts - A summary of key propositions - Discussion questions and a set of multiple choice questions - Five Key Readings that the students may want to consult for more detail on the topic being discussed Suitable for third level students taking courses in Organisational Behaviour or courses of which Organisational Behaviour is a component. Accompanied by a lecturers' website containing PowerPoint slides and web links (www.gillmacmillan.ie).

Recommended Reading
2010-10-14 Skilled Interpersonal Communication: Research, Theory and Practice, 5th Edition Routledge
ISBN 0415432049 ISBN-13 9780415432047

There is a fundamental, powerful, and universal desire amongst humans to interact with others. People have a deep-seated need to communicate, and the greater their ability in this regard the more satisfying and rewarding their lives will be. The contribution of skilled interpersonal communication to success in both personal and professional contexts is now widely recognised and extensively researched. As such, knowledge of various types of skills, and of their effects in social interaction, is crucial for effective interpersonal functioning.

Previous editions have established Skilled Interpersonal Communication as the foremost textbook on communication. This thoroughly revised and expanded 5th edition builds on this success to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date review of the current research, theory and practice in this burgeoning field of study. The first two chapters introduce the reader to the nature of skilled interpersonal communication and review the main theoretical perspectives. Subsequent chapters provide detailed accounts of the fourteen main skill areas, namely: nonverbal communication; reinforcement; questioning; reflecting; listening; explaining; self-disclosure; set induction; closure; assertiveness; influencing; negotiating; and interacting in, and leading, group discussions.

Written by one of the foremost international experts in the field and founded solidly in research, this book provides a key reference for the study of interpersonal communication. This theoretically informed, yet practically oriented text will be of interest both to students of interpersonal communication in general, and to qualified personnel and trainees in many fields.

Recommended Reading
2012-12-01 Leadership in Early Childhood Open University Press
ISBN 033524680X ISBN-13 9780335246809

Leadership in Early Childhood is a practical resource for early childhood practitioners who want to understand how to create successful childcare and early education settings.

Recommended Reading
2011-05-24 Resolving Conflicts at Work: Ten Strategies for Everyone on the Job Jossey-Bass
ISBN 0470922249 ISBN-13 9780470922248

The classic text on resolving workplace conflicts, fully revised and updated

Resolving Conflicts at Work is a guide for preventing and resolving conflicts, miscommunications, and misunderstandings at work, including dozens of techniques for revealing how the inevitable disputes and divisions in the workplace are actually opportunities for greater creativity, productivity, enhanced morale, and personal growth. In the third edition of this text, all chapters are completely infused with additional content, updated examples, and new case studies. Like its predecessors, it identifies core strategies for preventing and resolving both intermittent and chronic conflicts in the workplace. In addition, the book

  • Includes a new foreword by Warren Bennis, which represents his most recent thinking about judgment calls and candid communications in the workplace
  • Presents new chapters on leadership and transformational conflict coaching, and organizational systems design

This definitive and comprehensive work provides a handy guide for managers, employees, union representatives, human resource experts, and consultants seeking to maintain stable and productive workplaces.

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