Inquiry into Early Childhood Philosophy and Practices

Course code EDUC4035
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables

Description

This course enables students to analyse current practice within changing socio-cultural, philosophical, political and educational contexts. Students will identify and position themselves in current approaches and debates regarding pedagogy, curriculum and professional issues. Students will develop a critical framework for planning, implementing and evaluating early childhood education programs for their own practice and/or research.

Key to the course is the development of a critically reflective orientation that aims to position students as 'teacher researchers' in the field of early childhood education.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand and critically evaluate early childhood practice

2. Understand current trends in approaches, pedagogy, curriculum and professional issues in early childhood education

3. Develop a critical framework for their planning, implementing and evaluating early childhood programs

4. Understand their practice as under continuous enquiry/research

Content

This course introduces students to:

  1. socio-cultural, philosophical, political and educational contexts and their influence on theory and practice
  2. current approaches and debates regarding pedagogy, curriculum and professional issues
  3. to inquiry and research to understand and continuously improve their practice
  4. a critically reflective orientation

Assessment Items

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Studies

Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assignments

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Term