Philosophy, Management and Educational Leadership in Early Childhood Education and Care - 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: SP4
  • Assessment: Case Study (50%) , Report (50%)

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2018 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit will provide an overview of local and international, historical and philosophical perspectives that have influenced contemporary Australian early childhood education and care contexts. Notable theorists, trends, theoretical perspectives, and curriculum approaches that have contributed to historical and contemporary social and political transformations will be explored, and their impact on early childhood education and care and its leadership and management will be critically examined. The unit affords the opportunity to explore and critique policy and procedure development in the light of current legislative and accountability requirements. Pre-service teachers are invited to examine approaches to: leading professional learning communities; engaging with families; sustaining advocacy for children; relating theory to practice and supporting professional research; and creating a climate for continuous debate and improvement of Early Childhood settings.

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

  1. examine how historical and philosophical perspectives have impacted upon early childhood education and care contexts and practices
  2. compare and contrast different beliefs and attitudes about the conception of childhood and towards children throughout the ages
  3. analyse the impact of historical and contemporary social and political transformations on current theory and practice in early childhood education and care
  4. interpret and critique policy and procedure development in the light of current legislative and accountability requirements
  5. critically reflect on leadership implications of the philosophical and historical influences in the contemporary Australian early childhood sector.
  • Case Study (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.

1Historical perspectives in early childhood education and care: Early influences
2Philosophical perspectives in early childhood education and care: Thinkers from the 20th Century
3Contemporary approaches to pedagogy: Montessori, Steiner, HighScope, Te Whariki
4The educational project of Reggio Emilia
5Early childhood education and care in Australia
6Leading professional learning communities
7Leading continuous improvement
8Advocating for children and ethical practice
9Leading pedagogy and professional research
10Engaging families and communities

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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