Early Literacies and Play-Based Pedagogies
Draw on pedagogical theories as you develop an appreciation for the role of play in early childhood education. Establish how literacy-rich teaching environments are created and maintained. Observe and document how children learn through play.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- research early literacy contexts and interactions through a self-generated research question and apply research processes to the design of literacy rich environments for children from diverse backgrounds
- create differentiated literacy learning experiences for young children
- examine the relationship between home literacy practices and early literacy learning
- interpret children’s literacy learning by analysing theoretical perspectives and play-based pedagogies.
- Play-based pedagogies, research approaches, and early literacy theories
- Literacy as a social practice: families, cultures, and communities
- Observing, listening, and documenting children engaged in literacy events
- Oral language: communication, music, and storytelling
- Emergent literacy: signs, markings, and writing
- Perspectives and approaches for reading and writing.
- Multiliteracies, multimodal approaches, and digital pedagogies
- Researching and designing literacy rich environments: play based learning and intentional teaching
- Analysing data to assess children's literacy learning
- Honouring diversity and engaging families
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
- Other requirements -
Access to Microsoft Office or a unit approved alternative, Access to video creation and editing software
This subject examines early literacy theories and perspectives, with an emphasis on play-based pedagogies and research approaches. Pre-service teachers will create literacy-rich settings by developing a research question, designing a literacy project and documenting children’s literacy learning. The experiences and perspectives of families will be sought and the relationship between home literacy practices and early literacy learning will be investigated.
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