Contemporary Approaches to Infant and Toddler Theory and Practice - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Reading journal 3X400 words (20%) , Assignment 2 - Inquiry Project plan 1000 word (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,986.00
HECS 793.00
International 2,236.00

This unit was previously known as ECEX832 Contemporary Approaches to Infant and Toddler Theory and Practice.

The recognition of the importance of children's first three years of life has led to an increasing awareness of the specialist nature of infant-toddler educational and care services. This unit covers contemporary perspectives that can inform programs that aim to support infant-toddler development and learning. Students will build on prior knowledge about children's learning and development to critically reflect on research-based literature and examine its relevance in a range of infant-toddler early childhood programs. Students will design and implement an inquiry-based project to deepen their understanding of the applicability of this knowledge.

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

  1. demonstrate an advanced and critical understanding of the range of philosophical and theoretical approaches that inform infant-toddler services
  2. identify the implications of these approaches for specialised infant-toddler services and practitioners
  3. design and implement an inquiry project to enhance their theoretical and practical understanding of a chosen approach
  4. demonstrate professional responsibility for their own and others' learning by providing and responding to supportive, informed and reflective feedback.
  • Assignment 1 — Reading journal 3X400 words (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Inquiry Project plan 1000 word (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Project progress report (20%)
  • Assignment 4 — Final Report 1500 words (30%)

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.

  • Other special requirement — Webcam, microphone, headphones

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

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Current conceptualisations of `quality┬┐ in infant-toddler early childhood programs
2Challenges and debates
3Conceptualising curriculum 1: Play and exploration
4Conceptualising curriculum 2: Routines, rituals and interactions
5Relationship-based pedagogy 1
6Relationship-based pedagogy 2
7Professionalism and professionalisation
8Self study week
9Project plan presentation
10Self study week
11Self study week
12Progress report
13Self study week

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

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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.
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