Inquiry into Early Childhood Philosophy and Practices

Course code EDUC4035Units 10Level 4000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

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.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, students will be expected to:
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
ContentThis 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
Replacing Course(s)Not Applicable.
TransitionNot Applicable.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments25% - Essay/Written assignment involving analysis and critical discussion of selected literature
Essays / Written Assignments40% - Essay/Written Assignment involving the development of an individual and inquiry driven framework for planning, implementation and evaluation
Case Scenario/PBL exercises35% - Case Scenario/PBL exercise involving the discussion and critique of an approach to early childhood education
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Tutorial: for 12 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for EDUC4035