Early Child Development Research and Practice - 2016

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Unit summary

ECHX824

  • 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 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Online quizzes on lectures (20%) , Assignment 2 - Literature review 2000 words (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 1,928.00
HECS 782.00
International 2,178.00

This unit was previously known as ECEX824 Early Childhood Development Research and Practice.

This unit is designed to extend students' knowledge of child development with a particular emphasis on approaches to understanding and measuring child development, considerations for quality in childcare, and evaluation of children's environments. Recent research studies of child development, especially in relation to prior-to-school settings, will be used as a major resource for examining contemporary theory and research in child development. Students will analyse research to develop their skills in using evidence-based approaches in teaching, to inform policy, and evaluate programs within prior-to-school settings.

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

  1. demonstrate critical, analytical and integrative thinking in applying developmental theory and research in prior to school settings
  2. demonstrate advanced understanding of child development theory to enable the critical assessment of children's learning environments
  3. use high level thinking and analytical skills to apply evidence from child development research to address everyday problems concerned with children's early development
  4. utilise child development knowledge in actively contributing to discussions concerning early childhood policy and practice
  5. communicate child development research effectively to other professionals and parents.
  • Assignment 1 — Online quizzes on lectures (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Literature review 2000 words (50%)
  • Assignment 3 — Applied Task (30%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • ECEX824 — Early Childhood Development Research and Practice

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.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient
  • Other special requirement — Access to a digital camera, or mobile phone or tablet with camera capability. Basic computer tools such as Microsoft Word and Powerpoint.

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.

NumberTopic
1Introduction to unit content and requirements. Theoretical approaches.
2Australian studies of child development.
3International studies on child development and early childhood education.
4Reading the research and teachers as researchers
5Key transitions in early childhood development.
6Early brain development in children.
7Effects of child abuse and neglect on the developing child.
8Social-emotional development and wellbeing.
9Culture, child development and early childhood education.
10Research and evidence-based practice.
11Risk-taking behaviour and child development.
12Research and prevention and intervention programs: An example of social policy.
13Reflections on the learning from this unit

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web 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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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