The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code

EDUC6264

Units

10 units

Level

6000 level

Course handbook

Description

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

Online

  • 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.


Content

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

Online

Integrated Learning Session

Online 26 hour(s) per Term Full Term