Pedagogical Contexts for Play - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Investigation (45%) , Assignment 2 - Essay (55%)

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit examines the value of play in early childhood pedagogy, and invites students to become advocates for children’s right to play. The unit explores historical and current theoretical perspectives on pedagogy and play, and offers opportunities to discuss examples of current local, national, and international play-based curriculum in learning settings from birth - 8 years. The unit emphasises planning of physical environments for play and includes a focus on the outdoors as a pedagogical space. Students will learn to plan with intent, observe, interpret, and assess children’s learning through play. Students will critically review contemporary issues impacting on time and opportunity for play, and explore possibilities for and approaches to establishing shared understandings between educators and families on the value of play in children’s learning.

This unit can be completed as an Elective for Bachelor of Education (Primary Education).

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

  1. defend and apply play-based approaches to curriculum design
  2. interpret views on the relationship between play and learning
  3. analyse and explain historical and current pedagogical assumptions, perspectives, and practices in play-based learning
  4. design environments for play, demonstrating an increased level of personal literacy
  5. critically review contemporary issues impacting on children’s right to play.
  • Assignment 1 — Investigation (45%)
  • Assignment 2 — Essay (55%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

You don't have to enrol in this unit if you have completed EDE102 Pedagogy and Play (Birth-5 years) as they are considered equivalents.

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.

1Perspectives on play
2Theories about play and learning
3Confronting assumptions about play
4Play and culture
5Play-work dichotomy: Continuity and transitions
6Approaches to designing play-based curriculum: Reflective practice
7Adult roles in children's play: Intentional teaching
8Observing and documenting play: Assessment for learning
9Contemporary issues impacting children's right to play
10Designing environments for play
11Families, communities and play
12Play and the formation of ethical identities

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • 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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Designs for Living and Learning

    By:Deb Curtis & Margie Carter

    ISBN: 9781605543727


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

  • Play in the Early Years


    ISBN: 9781107640221


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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