Equity, Social Justice and Diversity in Early Childhood Education

Unit code: ECE3005 | 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


This unit provides an opportunity for pre-service teachers to critically engage as activist reflective practitioners and extend their view of the child as capable in terms of disability, inclusion, and diversity, offering the perspective of children with special rights. This unit builds on the understanding and acknowledgement that all children have rights (for example, right to be heard, right to contribute, right to learn). This unit examines the rights of children in terms of diversity, equity, and social justice and engages with responsive teaching practices that support inclusion, equity, and diversity. Reviewing related early childhood policy will also be part of the unit, further contributing to curriculum decision-making and foundational understanding of social justice in terms of teacher identity.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically analyse the perspective that all children have rights in terms of diversity, equity, and social justice.
  2. Critically review early childhood policy regarding inclusion and diversity and its implication for curriculum across early childhood settings.
  3. Design and actively contribute in pedagogical and curriculum based in responses that support inclusion, equity, and diversity.
  4. Articulate and integrate standpoints and perspectives that are inclusive of the broad principles in education of justice, inclusion and difference.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 30%
Writing assignment focussed on the rights of the child
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 35%
Design curriculum based in responsive teaching practices that support inclusion, equity, and diversity
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 35%
Articulate an understanding of social justice connecting to early childhood policy and teacher as activist reflective practitioner

Required reading

Links to required texts will be available via VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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