Early Childhood Philosophy and Pedagogy - 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 2016: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Reflection journal (20%) , Assignment 2 - Chn's Play/Inquiry (40%) - 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 ECEX600 Early Childhood Philosophy and Pedagogy.

This unit introduces students to the philosophical and pedagogical approaches in the field of early childhood education. Students explore the multifaceted role of an early childhood teacher through consideration of major approaches to early childhood education and participation in eight half-day field visits to an early childhood setting catering for children from birth to five years. The unit provides students with the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of: i) current philosophical and theoretical approaches to early childhood education; ii) the centrality of play, social interaction and relationships as a basis for early childhood curriculum; and iii) their own identity as early childhood educators. Overall, it aims to provide students with a crucial framework for developing professional teaching practice and for their future studies in early childhood.

At the completion of this unit students will have:

  1. an awareness of current approaches to, and debates about early childhood curriculum and pedagogy
  2. the ability to observe, document and interpret children’s play/inquiry experiences in terms of what they reveal about, and their potential for facilitating children’s learning and development
  3. an ability to generate appropriate play and inquiry experiences for young children based on observations and interpretations of children’s play and inquiry
  4. a theoretical and self-reflective understanding of intentional teaching strategies
  5. an active contribution towards their own and others’ development and learning.
  • Assignment 1 — Reflection journal (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Chn's Play/Inquiry (40%)
  • Assignment 3 — Selected jnl entries (40%)

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:

  • ECEX600 — Early Childhood Philosophy and Pedagogy

Admission to Master of Teaching (Birth to Five Years)

  • Additional materials — EBook 1-Mia Mia Child & Family Study Centre. (2013). The language of three things: Lids, gumnuts and cups. Sydney: Macquarie University. EBook 2 - Mia Mia Child & Family Study Centre. (2014).A glimpse into an early childhood learning environment: Mia Mia. Sydney: Macquarie University. Ebooks can be purchased from Mia Mia Child & Family Study Centre. Complete order form located on http://www.iec.mq.edu.au/research/mia_mia/publications_and_resources/ and email: e-press.miamia@mq.edu.au to place your order
  • 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.

1Introduction to unit
2EC Philosophy & pedagogy 1
3EC Philosophy & pedagogy 2
4EC Philosophy & pedagogy 3
5Pedagogy in practice 1
6Pedagogy in practice 2
7Pedagogy in practice 3
8Pedagogy in practice 4
9Pedagogy in practice 5
10Pedagogy in practice 6
11Pedagogy within community contexts 1
12Pedagogy within community contexts 2
13Reflection & evaluation

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

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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