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2021 unit offering information will be available in September 2020

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 a personal response to a range of early childhood education issues.

Unit content

Module One: Theoretical Perspectives of Play and Pedagogy

  • Foundations
  • Developmental perspectives
  • Sociocultural perspectives
  • Critical perspectives
  • 'Post' perspectives

Module Two: Teaching and Learning through Play 

  • Play-based policies: Curriculum/learning frameworks
  • Play-based policies: Assessment/documentation
  • Whose play? Inclusive practice
  • Digital play and popular media
  • 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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1analyse types of play in learning, theories of, and challenges to, play-based pedagogyIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2demonstrate how a play-based pedagogy can be justified Intellectual rigourLifelong learning
3analyse key issues pertaining to the role of play in learningIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
4discuss the diversity of approaches to early childhood pedagogy utilised in early childhood education and care, and how they position children, teachers and parentsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
5analyse the relationships between philosophy, theory and pedagogy to learning environments for young children (birth–5 years)Intellectual rigourLifelong learning
6critically reflect on their personal approach to learning and teaching, the challenges they face and the learning competencies they need to achieve to succeed in their study and career as an early childhood professional.Knowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. analyse types of play in learning, theories of, and challenges to, play-based pedagogy
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. demonstrate how a play-based pedagogy can be justified
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. analyse key issues pertaining to the role of play in learning
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. discuss the diversity of approaches to early childhood pedagogy utilised in early childhood education and care, and how they position children, teachers and parents
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. analyse the relationships between philosophy, theory and pedagogy to learning environments for young children (birth–5 years)
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  6. critically reflect on their personal approach to learning and teaching, the challenges they face and the learning competencies they need to achieve to succeed in their study and career as an early childhood professional.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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Fee information

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