Approaches to Early Childhood Curriculum

Course code EDST2400Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

Builds on students' foundation knowledge in early childhood curriculum to set current practices within a historical context. Students will reflect critically on current movements and issues in early childhood curriculum and their implications for future directions in curriculum.

Not available in 2014

Previously offered in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesAs a result of participating in this subject, students will be expected to demonstrate:

1. knowledge of the historical roots of early childhood curriculum;

2. familiarity with current curriculum movements;

3. a knowledge of options for curriculum development and evaluation;

4. the ability to think critically about current issues and trends in early childhood curriculum.
Content* Contexts of curriculum

* Influences on current curriculum
Standardised curriculum frameworks
Postmodernism
Reconceptualising early childhood
The Reggio Emilia approach
Political influences

* Implications for pedagogy and practice
Options for curriculum development
Options for assessment and evaluation
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Transitionn/a
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeFoundations in Early Childhood Education
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsComparative paper 40% - 2000 words
A comparison of assessment and evaluation options in early childhood curriculum.
Essays / Written AssignmentsCritical analysis 30% - 1500 words
A critique of current issues and trends in early childhood curriculum development.
Presentations - GroupGroup presentation 30%
This item should trace the influence of one historical figure on current practice.
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term