The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


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.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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.

Assessment items

Journal: Journal/Essay

Literature Review: Essays/Literature review

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

Online 26 hour(s) per Term Full Term