Gold CoastSession 1Session 1
OnlineSession 1N/A

Unit description

Focuses on students acquiring an understanding of the range of pedagogies and approaches to curriculum utilised in early childhood education and care. Analyses key issues pertaining to the role of play in learning; the relationships between philosophy, theory and pedagogy to learning environments for young children, and develops an understanding of what it is to be an early childhood educator.

Unit content

Module One: Theoretical Perspectives of Play and Pedagogy

  1. Foundations
  2. Developmental Perspectives
  3. Sociocultural Perspectives
  4. Critical Perspectives
  5. ‘Post’ Perspectives

Module Two: Teaching and learning through Play

  1. Play-based policies: Curriculum/Learning Frameworks
  2. Play-based policies: Assessment/Documentation
  3. Whose play? Inclusive practice
  4. Digital play and popular media
  5. Creating playful spaces

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Structured online learning Self paced (Self paced)


Teaching method
Structured online learning Self paced (self paced)
Tutorial online 1.5 hours (10 weeks)

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Fee information


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