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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Social Justice in Early Childhood Education and Care
    • The Image of the Child: Children as Citizens with Rights
    • Listening: Constructing Identity and Relationships
    • The Early Childhood Setting as a Democratic Forum
    • Interrogating Diversity and Difference
    • Pedagogical Documentation for Social Justice
    • Culture and Values
    • Unequal Childhoods
    • Critical Multiculturalism
    • Reconceptualising the Family for Social Justice
    • Language and Identity
    • Gender and Sexual Identity
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Printable format materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links

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

  1. examine the interactions between culture, values and commsubjecty
  2. evaluate how cultural contexts and social justice impact on pedagogy and curriculum
  3. define and defend the rights of children in an article demonstrating an increased level of personal literacy
  4. listen to children and interpret their theories
  5. reconstruct the role of educator within a framework of ethical relationships in diverse commsubjecties.
  • Assignment 1 - Report (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Case Study (50%)

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 subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • CUR-EDE302

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

Special requirements

No special requirements

The subject explores contemporary issues of culture, equity, values and social justice in early childhood pedagogy. The subject proposes an image of the child as a citizen with rights, and students analyse the impact of this image in curriculum decision-making. The subject promotes a view of early childhood settings as democratic forums: students critically redress inequalities and create welcoming spaces for children, educators and families of diverse cultural backgrounds, beliefs, and practices. Students articulate their roles as advocates for children’s rights and are encouraged to reconceptualise their views on families, gender, language and sexual identity to further consolidate an ethical approach to the profession of educator.

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