In this unit students will engage deeply with the construction of the child, childhood and early childhood education. Students will understand on how these conceptualisations have changed over time and across place. Students will critically reflect on the image of the child in the Australian and global context and analyse the positioning of early childhood education in society. The unit will equip students with the ability to discuss the concept of the child, childhood and early childhood education from a sociological perspective. 

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
ECE4003

Prerequisites

ECE2003 - History, Philosophy and Early Childhood Education

ECE2004 - Engaging with Place through Rethinking Childhoods and Development

ECE2005 - Engaging with Place through Play

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Examine trends in early childhood education  
  2. Critically reflect on the changing nature of childhood, the image of the child and the role of early childhood education  
  3. Develop a deep understanding of early childhood education and children from a sociological perspective, considering the roles of culture and history  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Early childhood education through time and place 30%
Essay The construction of childhood 30%
Journal Reflective journal entries on understanding of key concepts 40%

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