Preservice teachers will build their knowledge of how languages are articulated in early childhood centres 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, technology and movement in 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. Preservice teachers will investigate each of these concepts using what they know about engaging with place and the entangled stories they encounter. They will also use knowledge of Early Childhood theories and research to help them understand how these languages operate in early childhood settings. By viewing the child as capable, this unit will inspire us to look beyond the traditional notions of these disciplinary areas, and to consider them as complex, ethical and political, and use experiences to build new knowledge.  

Unit details

Location:
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, technology and movement in general and the context of early childhood.  
  2. Design curriculum reflective of maths, science, technology and movement with children that is complex, ethical, and political, articulating what all children can do  
  3. Contextualise maths, science, and technology in relationship to the changing nature of education in an evolving local and global context.  
  4. Evaluate physical activity and health as defined in policy documents, stage development theories, and curriculum frameworks.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation A short digital presentation, using place to describe one of the languages of maths, science and technology 30%
Poster Poster reviewing policy, stage theories, and curriculum frameworks defining physical activity and health (Group) 30%
Project Create a sequence of early childhood experiences reflective of the languages of maths, science, technology and movement. 40%
5000 words or equivalent

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