Pedagogical Approaches to Early Childhood Curriculum - 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 - Literature review (1500 words) (25%) , Assignment 2 - 2000 words & presentation (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 ECEX831 Pedagogical Approaches to Early Childhood Curriculum.

Contemporary approaches to curriculum in early childhood education emphasise the importance of the teacher as a curriculum decision maker. This demands that early childhood teachers are conscious of their everyday practice, informed about curriculum content and knowledgeable about the ways that children learn. This unit examines the philosophical and theoretical foundations of contemporary approaches to curriculum and pedagogy beyond technicist approaches to teaching and learning. Students will engage in critical inquiry of intentional teaching and understandings of early childhood pedagogy and curriculum at an advanced level. They will participate in research-based projects to further examine pedagogies in practice.

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

  1. explain the origins of curriculum and how this has Impacted on contemporary curriculum perspectives in early childhood settings
  2. analyse a range of international early childhood curriculum documents against contemporary understandings of learning and teaching in early childhood settings
  3. demonstrate an understanding of how curriculum documents are enacted in early childhood settings
  4. engage In a research project showing understanding of links between theory and practice.
  • Assignment 1 — Literature review (1500 words) (25%)
  • Assignment 2 — 2000 words & presentation (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Research report (1500 words) (45%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to the Unit
2Historical overview of theories of early childhood
3Theories of children and childhood since the Industrial Revolution
4Contributors to EC approaches to curriculum ¿ Piaget and child development
5Contributors to EC approaches to curriculum - Vygotsky and Dewey
6What is early childhood curriculum?
7International models and approaches to curriculum development
8The Australian context of early childhood curriculum ¿ The EYLF
9What is pedagogy? The role of the teacher in early childhood curriculum
10Analysing approaches to curriculum ¿ Including DAP, High Scope, English Foundation Stage.
11Analysing approaches to curriculum ¿ including Reggio Emilia, Emergent Curriculum ¿ a consideration of infant and toddler curriculum.
12The role of pedagogical leader
13Reflecting on learning

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

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