Early Childhood Literacies

Course code EDST6511Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

Young children's worlds involve communication through multiple literacies. This course will explore current frameworks, pedagogies, and technologies to support the development of multiple literacies through Early Childhood education. Students will have the opportunity to explore contemporary issues in Early Childhood literacy learning, and apply their understanding in the development of a multimodal Early Childhood literacy curriculum.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThis course provides students with the opportunity to:
1. discuss and apply current pedagogical frameworks for multiple literacies in Early Childhood;
2. critically engage with current issues in Early Childhood literacy education;
3. critically examine literacy curriculum for young children; and
4. evaluate technologies for literacy learning in the early Childhood context.
ContentThe following list indicates indicative course content:
- Pedagogical frameworks for developing multiple literacies
- Children as symbol users and communicators
- Childrens contextual literacies
- Multimodal literacies and young children
- Evaluation of technologies for literacy learning
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments2,500 words or equivalent. This is a group assignment. Groups of students will be allocated (in negotiation), to three topics. Each student will write an individual seminar paper (essay) on one specific aspect of their group’s topic. Each group will lead a class seminar on their topic. Groups will be of approximately even size, according to the size of the class. Topics will be made available on Blackboard at the beginning of the semester.
Essays / Written AssignmentsStudents will write a 2,500 word or equivalent critically informed and scholarly response to an hypothetical call for public input to a review of a current early years literacy policy or curriculum. Details of the policy to be analysed will be available on Blackboard at the beginning of the semester.
Contact HoursWorkshop: for 5 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Lecture: for 7 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Tutorial: for 14 hour(s) per Term for Full Term