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Early Childhood Philosophy and Pedagogy

Postgraduate | MAQ-ECHX6000 | 2024

Previously MAQ-ECHX600

An introduction to the philosophical approaches to early childhood education. Appreciate the centrality of play, social interaction and relationships as a basis for curriculum. Take part in 8 half-day field visits to an early childhood setting.

Study method
100% online
100% online
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
18 weeks

HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP available

Early Childhood Philosophy and Pedagogy

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to

    1. demonstrate an awareness of current approaches to, and debates about early childhood curriculum and pedagogy.
    2. observe, document and interpret children's play/inquiry experiences in terms of what they reveal about, and their potential for facilitating children's learning and development.
    3. analyse environments and materials that foster children’s learning through play and inquiry
    4. identify intentional teaching strategies using relevant theory and reflection
    5. actively and theoretically contribute towards your own and others’ development and learning.

Entry requirements

Equivalent subjects

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

  • MAQ-ECEX600 (Not currently available)

  • MAQ-ECHX600 (Not currently available)


NCCW (pre-2020 units) ECED600, ECEX600, ECED817
NCCW (2020 and onwards) ECHE6000 Early Childhood Philosophy and Pedagogy

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements -

    - EBook 1-Mia Mia Child & Family Study Centre. (2013). The language of three things: Lids, gumnuts and cups. Sydney: Macquarie University. EBook 2 - Mia Mia Child & Family Study Centre. (2014).A glimpse into an early childhood learning environment: Mia Mia. Sydney: Macquarie University. Ebooks can be purchased from Mia Mia Child & Family Study Centre. Complete order form located on http://www.iec.mq.edu.au/research/mia_mia/publications_and_resources/ and email: e-press.miamia@mq.edu.au to place your order.

    - Access to a digital camera, or mobile phone or tablet with camera capability. Basic computer tools such as Microsoft Word and Powerpoint.


    Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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