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History and Philosophy of Early Childhood Education

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.

Unit details

Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
AEB1171

Prerequisites 

Nil.

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 early childhood education;  
  3. Identify the different beliefs and attitudes towards, and about children, throughout the ages;  
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of a wide variety of philosophical approaches and theories to children's learning and pedagogy on present day early childhood programs;  
  5. 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 

Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Art response and discussion to questions raised in response to readings(equivalent to 1500 words) 50%
Journal Weekly Blog that responds to readings developing questions that relate to historical,theoretical and practical (equivalent to 1500 words) 50%
The art response and discussion are a weekly classroom exercise that will focus on the pre-service teachers' developing knowledge with respect to the philosophical, theoretical and historical influences on current early childhood programs and practices. The weekly blog is a response to readings and discussions.

Required reading 

All students are required to purchase required readings. All of the books have been placed on reserve at the library

Educational Foundations:An anthology of critical readings 2nd
Canestrari & Marlowe (Eds) (2009)
SAGE

Disrupting Early Childhood Research:Imagining new Possibilities 1st
Parnell & Iorio (Eds) (2016)
Routledge

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