Pedagogical Contexts for Play
Examine the value of play to become an advocate for children’s right to play. Investigate historical and current theoretical perspectives and study examples of current local, national, and international play-based curriculum in learning settings.
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- 28 Nov 2022
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- defend and apply play-based approaches to curriculum design
- interpret views on the relationship between play and learning
- analyse and explain historical and current pedagogical assumptions, perspectives, and practices in play-based learning
- design inclusive environments for play
- critically review contemporary issues impacting on children’s right to play.
- Perspectives on play
- Theories about play and learning
- Confronting assumptions about play
- Play and culture
- Play-work dichotomy: Continuity and transitions
- Approaches to designing play-based curriculum: Reflective practice
- Adult roles in children's play: Intentional teaching
- Observing and documenting play: Assessment for learning
- Contemporary issues impacting children's right to play
- Designing environments for play
- Families, communities and play
- Play and the formation of ethical identities
You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:
- CUR-EDE220-Early Childhood Professional Experience 1: Learning and Teaching in Junior Primary
- CUR-EDE222-Professional Studies in Teaching and Assessment in Junior Primary (No longer available)
Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s)
You don't have to enrol in this subject if you have completed EDE102 Pedagogy and Play (Birth-5 years) as they are considered equivalents.
No additional requirements
This subject examines the value of play in early childhood pedagogy, and invites students to become advocates for children’s right to play. The subject explores historical and current theoretical perspectives on pedagogy and play, and offers opportunities to discuss examples of current local, national, and international play-based curriculum in learning settings from birth - 8 years. The subject emphasises planning of physical environments for play and includes a focus on the outdoors as a pedagogical space. Students will learn to plan with intent, observe, interpret, and assess children’s learning through play. Students will critically review contemporary issues impacting on time and opportunity for play, and explore possibilities for and approaches to establishing shared understandings between educators and families on the value of play in children’s learning.
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- Researching Play (50%)
- Essay (50%)
Current study term: 29 May 22 to 28 Aug 22
Play in the Early Years
Designs for Living and Learning: Transforming Early Childhood Environments, 2nd ed.
Curtis, D., and Carter, M.
Next study term: 27 Nov 22 to 26 Feb 23
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