This unit (ECE6003) introduces students to the historical and philosophical structures that shape contemporary life. By focusing on the forces that inform these structures, this unit provides pre-service teachers with the conceptual tools necessary to meaningfully situate themselves within the discourse of the history and philosophy of early childhood education. In addition, students will engage formally and informally with place as a means of moving towards reconciled and respectful teaching and learning practice in early childhood settings. Students will formulate an understanding of how the theoretical underpinnings of early childhood education inform the design of learning experiences.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Elucidate and apply knowledge and understanding of both the historical and philosophical underpinnings of early childhood education.  
  2. Critically review formal and informal engagements with place, drawing from diverse theoretical scholarship to work towards a reconciled and respectful practice.  
  3. Formulate critical actions that respond to diverse early childhood contexts and situations, both locally and globally.  
  4. Analyse challenges in collaborative engagement with peers, families and communities and recommend strategies for resolving them.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Other Analyse a play-based artefact through the lens of historical and philosophical underpinnings of Early Childhood Education. 30%
Case Study Develop and respond to critical cases that have unsettled practice 50%
Presentation Develop a learning experience that considers a contemporary social justice issue in early childhood 20%

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