Subject details

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

  1. examine historical and contemporary images of childhood, and explain their relationship to images of teaching
  2. research family and community contexts, with a focus on promoting early childhood settings as democratic forums that are welcoming to and respectful of all cultures and beliefs
  3. defend a children’s rights perspective, supporting anti-bias approaches and enhancing reconciliation between diverse cultures and communities
  4. interpret the role of the educator within a framework of ethical relationships in diverse communities.
    • Diverse family and community contexts: anti-bias approaches
    • Images of childhood and children’s rights
    • Social justice in early childhood education and care
    • Early childhood settings as democratic forums: pedagogical documentation and research
    • Interrogating diversity and difference
    • Unequal childhoods: poverty, racism and colonialism
    • Critical multiculturalism: honouring reconciliation
    • Reconceptualising the family for social justice
    • Language, gender and sexual identity
    • The ethical educator: anti-bias curriculum and cultural competence
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Standard Media
      • Online assignment submission
      • Web links
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
    • Online materials

      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Online Assessment

In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:

Core
  • CUR-MTE-MAS-2019

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject explores contemporary issues of culture, equity, values, and social justice in early childhood pedagogy. Historical and contemporary images of childhood, and their relationship to images of teaching, are examined. Diverse family and community contexts are investigated, with a focus on promoting early childhood settings and services as democratic forums that are welcoming to and respectful of all cultures and beliefs. Children’s rights perspective is emphasised, and anti-bias approaches are analysed with a view towards enhancing reconciliation between diverse cultures and communities. Pre-service teachers reconceptualise their perspectives on families, gender, language, beliefs, and sexual identity to consolidate an ethical approach to the profession of educator.

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

  • Essay (50%)
  • Investigation (50%)

Textbook information is pending.

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