Critical and Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education

Unit code: ECE3004 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Nicholson
Online Real Time
Online Self-Paced
St Albans


In this unit preservice teachers will engage formally and informally with place as a means of moving towards a reconciled and respectful teaching and learning practices in early childhood settings. Students will formulate an understanding of a diverse range of scholarship and contemporary research paradigms that respond to a range of educational contexts and situations, both locally and globally.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Critically review formal and informal engagements with place, drawing from diverse theoretical scholarship and contemporary research paradigms, towards a reconciled and respectful practice.
  2. Formulate critical actions that respond to diverse early childhood contexts and situations, both locally and globally.
  3. Recommend strategies and challenges of collaborative engagement with peers, families and communities.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 30.0%
Policy analysis
Assessment type: Portfolio
Grade: 50.0%
Building inclusive practices
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 20.0%
Listening practices

Required reading

Links to required texts will be available in VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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