Issues in Early Childhood Policy 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 2017: Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Assignment 1A (20%) , Assignment 2 - Assignment 1B (20%) - 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 ECHX822 Issues in  Policy and Pedagogy.

This unit explores current issues and debates affecting pedagogy, practice, politics and policy in early childhood education. Students will explore a range of responses to state, national and international influences on the provision of nurturant educational services in the early childhood years. We will consider diverse approaches to teaching practice as well as policy development in the delivery of various services used by young children and their families. This will include the investigation of approaches to reconceptualising early childhood pedagogy as well as the achievements of major government initiatives directed at early childhood education and care settings and the wellbeing of young children and their families.

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

  1. refine their professional understandings and skills in early childhood pedagogy and policy
  2. examine current issues impacting on policy and pedagogy in the early childhood sector and analyse alternative perspectives
  3. critique relevant literature concerned with early childhood policy and pedagogy
  4. establish a personal position regarding emerging trends in the early childhood arena.
  • Assignment 1 — Assignment 1A (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Assignment 1B (20%)
  • Assignment 3 — Assignment 2 (40%)
  • Assignment 4 — Assignment 1C (20%)

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:

  • ECEX822 — Issues in Early Childhood Policy and Pedagogy

Mandatory conditional prerequisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following unit(s) to study prior to this unit:

Please note that your enrolment in this unit is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite unit(s). If you study the prerequisite unit(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this unit, your result for the prerequisite unit(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite unit(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this unit. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite unit(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this unit to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite unit(s).

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

Admission to MTeach (Birth to Five Years) - Enrolment has to be approved by contacting Associate Professor Manjula Waniganayake,

  • 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:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to the unit
2Understanding early childhood policy and politics - a conceptual overview
3Early childhood policy - global contexts
4Understanding early childhood pedagogy
5Reconsidering the concept of developmentally appropriate practice
6Early childhood policy - national contexts
7Assessment and effective pedagogy
8Early childhood policy - local contexts
9Diversity and social justice in early childhood settings
10Children's voices in early childhood policy
11Critiquing the experience of Reggio Emilia
12Presentations & implications
13Reflections on learning

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • 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.

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

  • Leadership: Contexts and Complexities in Early

    By:Waniganayake et al

    ISBN: 9780195576139


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  • Early Childhood Matters


    ISBN: 9780415482431


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  • Conversations: Behind Early Childhood Pedagogical

    By:Fleet, Alma

    ISBN: 9781876138387


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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