The aim of this unit is to assist pre-service teachers to interpret and critically analyse current research in early childhood education and development, and to consider how research impacts on current thinking and methodologies with regard to teaching and learning in early childhood and primary school programs.

Unit details

Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
AEB3173

Prerequisites

AEB3268 - Practice in Partnership 1 (ECE 3-6 Years)

AEB3285 - Inclusive Practice in Education

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Debate the major professional, educational, political and philosophical issues that impact on the work of contemporary early childhood professionals working in a range of contexts;  
  2. Analyse issues related to the provision of appropriate early childhood services in culturally diverse communities;  
  3. Generate an investigative report within which the basics of quantitative and qualitative research, research design and the significance of research findings are considered in relation to practice; and  
  4. Review a range of peer-reviewed research papers on a chosen issue in contemporary early childhood and/or primary education.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Review Critical review of two current research reports on early childhood development or education (900 words or equivalent) 30%
Report Investigative report which considers the implications for practice of one identified current issue in early childhood education (2100 words) 70%

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