Inquiry in Early Childhood Philosophy and Practices
This course enables participants to analyse current practices within changing socio-cultural, philosophical, political and educational contexts. Participants will identify and position themselves in current approaches and debates regarding pedagogy, curriculum, growing children and professional issues through the application of a number of theoretical lenses. Participants will develop a critical framework to research policy, growing children and their learning, curriculum and pedagogy.
Key to the course is the development of a critically reflective orientation that aims to position participants as 'teacher researchers' in the field of early childhood education.
- Semester 1 - 2016
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Understand and critically evaluate early childhood contexts and practices from different theoretical perspectives;
2. Develop a critical framework for researching an issue of choice;
3. Understand their practices as under continuous inquiry/research; and
4. Develop competencies to sustain reflective practice through research.
The following list indicates indicative course content:
- Particular global and local contexts and discourses that shape the broad field of early childhood education and practices.
- Theories to analyse issues in early childhood education.
- Develop skills for critical examination, analysis and reflection to challenge and extend participants' own thinking and practices.
Annotated Bibliography: Essays/Written Assignments - Journal / annotated bibliography
Literature Review: Essays/Literature review
Integrated Learning Session
Online 26 hour(s) per Term