Preservice teachers will build their knowledge of how languages are articulated in early childhood centres of Reggio Emilia, Italy as a means for young children to express themselves as human beings. As part of the unit, pre-service teachers will engage with the languages of maths, science, and technology developing an understanding of the structures of each of these languages and how these languages can inspire multi-disciplinary experiences for young children to make meaning of their worlds. Additionally, this unit will interrogate dominant understandings of physical activity and health as defined in policy documents, stage development theories, and curriculum frameworks that teach about movement through concepts of exercise, fitness, movement skills, and physical literacy. This unit focuses on constructing early childhood pedagogies that think with moving, rather than about movement, as pre-service students consider how moving happens in ways that do not fit pre-existing [or inherited] criteria for teaching, understanding, or describing movement. Intentional working with movement through inquiry and wonder offers students an experience in exploring how children move with/in the world, and how this informs teaching and learning that is complex, ethical, and political.   

Unit details

Location:
Online
Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
ECE6002

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Elucidate the language of maths, science, and technology in general and in the context of early childhood.  
  2. Implement the language of maths, science, and technology to build rich, multidisciplinary experiences in early childhood settings.  
  3. Contextualise math, science, and technology in relationship to the changing nature of education in an evolving local and global context.  
  4. Critically review physical activity and health as defined in policy documents, stage development theories, and curriculum frameworks.  
  5. Design curriculum reflective of moving with children that is complex, ethical, and political, articulating what capable children can do with their bodies across early childhood settings.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Create a podcast examining policy, stage theories, and curriculum frameworks defining physical activity and health 20%
Presentation Create a curricular experience based in the conceptual idea of moving with young children 30%
Project Integrating languages of maths, science, technology, create a sequence of early childhood experiences reflective of early childhood age span 50%
5000 words or equivalent

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