Subject details

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

  1. demonstrate an advanced and critical understanding of the range of philosophical and theoretical approaches that inform infant-toddler services
  2. identify the implications of these approaches for specialised infant-toddler services and practitioners
  3. design and implement an inquiry project to enhance their theoretical and practical understanding of a chosen approach
  4. demonstrate professional responsibility for their own and others' learning by providing and responding to supportive, informed and reflective feedback.
    • Current conceptualisations of `quality¿ in infant-toddler early childhood programs
    • Challenges and debates
    • Conceptualising curriculum 1: Play and exploration
    • Conceptualising curriculum 2: Routines, rituals and interactions
    • Relationship-based pedagogy 1
    • Relationship-based pedagogy 2
    • Professionalism and professionalisation
    • Self study week
    • Project plan presentation
    • Self study week
    • Self study week
    • Progress report
    • Self study week
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Blog
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links

Equivalent subjects

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

  • MAQ-ECEX832

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

MAQ-ECHX603-Early Childhood Professional Practice 1 , or MAQ-ECEX603
MAQ-ECHX824-Early Childhood Development Research and Practice , or MAQ-ECEX824

Special requirements

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    Webcam, microphone, headphones

This subject was previously known as ECEX832 Contemporary Approaches to Infant and Toddler Theory and Practice.

The recognition of the importance of children's first three years of life has led to an increasing awareness of the specialist nature of infant-toddler educational and care services. This subject covers contemporary perspectives that can inform educational programs that aim to support infant-toddler development and learning. Students will build on prior knowledge about children's learning and development to critically reflect on research-based literature and examine its relevance in a range of infant-toddler early childhood programs. Students will design and implement an inquiry-based project to deepen their understanding of the applicability of this knowledge to infants and toddlers, their families and educators.

  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Assignment 3 (15%)
  • Assignment 4 (35%)

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