Builds knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues facing children, families and communities, fostering attitudes of compassion and engagement in ECEC. This unit is concerned with the complexity, diversity and changing nature of contemporary childhood and families within the community. The influence of historical, social, political, economic and socio-economic factors will be considered as an influence upon children’s everyday lives.
Unit contentTopic 1: Issues impacting children, families and communities
Topic 2: Historical, social, political, economic and socio-economic factors influencing children and families
Topic 3: Government policy responses to dynamic, family and community contexts.
Topic 4: Diverse backgrounds and characteristics of children and the provision of high quality, well-functioning, socially-just early childhood services.
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||examine the historical construction of childhood and families||Intellectual rigour||Lifelong learning||Cultural competence|
|2||discuss and compare contemporary constructions of childhood and families, including those pertaining to Indigenous childhoods||Intellectual rigour||Lifelong learning||Cultural competence|
|3||use research and theory to explain the diverse range of issues affecting children, families and communities||Intellectual rigour||Lifelong learning||Cultural competence|
|4||critically analyse of key social and educational policies and their impact upon service provision for children and families||Intellectual rigour||Lifelong learning||Cultural competence|
|5||critically analyse texts, images, and songs in terms of the construction of childhood, and families||Intellectual rigour||Lifelong learning||Cultural competence|
- Bowes, J, Grace, R & Hodge, K, 2012, Children, families and communities, 4th edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic. ISBN: 9780955740.
- Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, 2009, Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework, 1st edn, Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra.
Teaching and assessment
|Structured online learning 3 hours (10 weeks)|
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
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