Early Literacies and Play-Based Pedagogies - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2018: SP1
  • Assessment: Assessment - Investigation (50%) , Report (50%)

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2018 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit examines early literacy theories and perspectives, with an emphasis on play-based pedagogies and research approaches. Pre-service teachers will create literacy-rich settings by developing a research question, designing a literacy project and documenting children’s literacy learning. The experiences and perspectives of families will be sought and the relationship between home literacy practices and early literacy learning will be investigated.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. research early literacy contexts and interactions through a self-generated research question and apply research processes to the design of literacy rich environments for children from diverse backgrounds
  2. create differentiated literacy learning experiences for young children
  3. examine the relationship between home literacy practices and early literacy learning
  4. interpret children’s literacy learning by analysing theoretical perspectives and play-based pedagogies.
  • Assessment — Investigation (50%)
  • Report (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Other special requirement — Access to Microsoft Office or a unit approved alternative, Access to video creation and editing software

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Play-based pedagogies, research approaches, and early literacy theories
2Literacy as a social practice: families, cultures, and communities
3Observing, listening, and documenting children engaged in literacy events
4Oral language: communication, music, and storytelling
5Emergent literacy: signs, markings, and writing
6Perspectives and approaches for reading and writing.
7Multiliteracies, multimodal approaches, and digital pedagogies
8Researching and designing literacy rich environments: play based learning and intentional teaching
9Analysing data to assess children's literacy learning
10Honouring diversity and engaging families

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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