Early Childhood in a Global Context

Unit code: ECE4002 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Nicholson
Online Real Time
VU Brisbane
VU Sydney
ECE3007 - Practice in Partnership 4
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit invites students to connect their knowledge of Early Childhood to the wider global context. It explores the ways that Early childhood is understood in different cultural contexts. Students analyse some of the large-scale research reports on the state of early childhood around the world. e.g. OECD, UNESCO, UNICEF and connect these reports to the concept of quality.

The unit has the well-being of children, and the ways we understand and advocate for this, at the heart of the unit. In this unit students will develop a richer understanding of cultural and ethical diversity, and the values and beliefs that impact this diversity within an Early Childhood setting. They will theorise their understandings by reference to research and scholarship on the global context of early childhood, and within established ethical frameworks. Students will further develop their communication skills by enriching their understanding of cultural meaning, and will examine global context as a way to developing deeper understanding of community and personal values.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically review a range of ways that early childhood education is practiced in different cultural contexts
  2. Investigate the ethical frameworks in which Early Childhood education operates in global contexts
  3. Contextualise their own practice as Early Childhood teachers within a global context
  4. Synthesise world-wide research to analyse concepts of quality in early childhood education.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Report
Grade: 30%
Report on a chosen country’s practices of early childhood education
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 40%
Using the chosen countries, students work in groups to compare and analyse the application of frameworks and practices in different contexts
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 30%
Personal reflection situating your own early childhood education practice within a global context.

Required reading

Links to relevant texts will be available via VU collaborate.

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