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Unit description

Provides students with an understanding of the key issues, debates and challenges in contemporary early childhood education and care (ECEC). Students develop skills to investigate and critically examine issues from a range of perspectives and argue their position on these issues with reference to authoritative literature and their personal approach/philosophy of learning, development and teaching within ECEC.

Unit content

Module 1:  Contemporary issues in early childhood education and care

Module 2: Investigating issues of importance to the EC profession

Module 3: Issues of importance to parents

Module 4: Issues of importance for children

Module 5: Issues identified by media; local/national and international communities 

Module 6: Positioning a professional view on a selected issue within ECEC 

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1identify a range of issues important in early childhood education and care
2analyse a range of positions highlighted in authoritative literature on contemporary issues related to early childhood education and care
3critically reflect on their personal approach/philosophy of learning, development and teaching within early childhood education and care in relation to contemporary issues
4argue a position on current issues in early childhood education and care, in relation to the literature

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

  1. identify a range of issues important in early childhood education and care
  2. analyse a range of positions highlighted in authoritative literature on contemporary issues related to early childhood education and care
  3. critically reflect on their personal approach/philosophy of learning, development and teaching within early childhood education and care in relation to contemporary issues
  4. argue a position on current issues in early childhood education and care, in relation to the literature

Teaching and assessment

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