This unit focuses on: the origins of early childhood education, both locally and internationally; the theoretical perspectives that have contributed to the history and philosophy of early childhood education; the role of history and philosophy in the current early childhood context, both internationally and locally; cross-cultural perspectives on early childhood education and care; philosophies, theories and theorists throughout the ages; changing views of children; contexts for childhood and children's learning; social and political changes in the 19th and 20th centuries and their impact on early education including  the importance of philosophy in early childhood education and care.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of both the historical and philosophical underpinnings of early childhood education;  
  2. Identify how history and philosophy have impacted on current, contemporary images of children and early childhood education;  
  3. Discuss the social and political changes throughout the 19th and 20th centuries that have influenced current teaching practices and views about children's learning.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Art Response -Presentation of draft Art Response conceptual framework. 25%
Exercise Art response and discussion. 25%
Journal Electronic scrap book 50%
Total effective word limit 3000 words

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