Diversity and Inclusion in Early Childhood

Course code EDUC3065
Available in 2016
2016 Course Timetables


Students in this course analyse the ways in which gender, class, culture, ethnicity, 'race', religion, disability and family forms diversity and diverse social relations in the early years. It also considers broader ecological factors such as the media, technology and broader societal changes and their influences. The course will also examine particular anti-bias approaches to create multicultural spaces for young children where diversity is respected and celebrated.



  • Semester 2 - 2016


  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Apply critical multiculturalism theoretical perspectives in theory and praxis with respect to diversity and inclusion with children

2. Argue personal position by reflecting critically on the politics of differences such as race, gender, class, ethnicity, culture, English as a an additional language, poverty, diverse family forms, (dis)ability, and religion

3. Create socially inclusive curriculum planning and pedagogy for all children and their families in early childhood settings

4. Challenge existing education inequity with critical pedagogical practices to engage learners of diverse language, cultural, social, racial, and ethnic backgrounds

5. Understand the ecological factors' impact on young children and their education.

6. Identify issues related to guiding children's behaviour in socio-culturally complex early childhood sites to plan classroom activities.


  1. Theoretical perspectives to understand diversity.
  2. Divisions, structures and discourses that constitute diversity.
  3. Issues and social relations related to diversity in early childhood settings and the broader community.
  4. Ecological factors that influence young children and their education.
  5. Particular anti-bias approaches, curriculum and pedagogy in early childhood.
  6. Critical self-reflective practice.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Teaching(Primary) / Bachelor Early Childhood Studies and associated programs.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Presentation: Presentations: Group

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Contact Hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 14 hour(s) per Term