Inclusive Practice in Education

    Unit code: ECE6008 | Study level: Postgraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    City Campus
    Online Self-Paced
    VU Sydney
    ECE6009 - Early Childhood Development Learning and Teaching
    ECE6001 - Early Childhood Development, Learning and Teaching 1; or
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    This unit provides an opportunity for pre-service teachers to critically engage as activist and reflective practitioners; and to extend their view of the child as capable in terms of diversity, inclusion, and equity, offering the perspective of children with special rights. This builds on the understanding and acknowledgement that all children have rights (for example, right to be heard, right to contribute, right to learn). This unit examines the rights of children in terms of diversity, equity, and social justice and engages with responsive teaching practices, including effective engagement of children and families from EAL contexts. Reviewing related early childhood policy will also be part of the unit, further contributing to curriculum decision-making and foundational understanding of social justice in terms of teacher identity.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Argue that all children have rights in terms of diversity, equity, and social justice;
    2. Review early childhood policy regarding inclusion and diversity and its implication for curriculum across early childhood settings;
    3. Design responsive curriculum based on teaching practices that support inclusion, equity, and diversity;
    4. Reflect on perspectives that include the broad principles of justice, inclusion and difference.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 30%
    An infographic poster outlining inclusion and enacting rights of children.
    Assessment type: Exercise
    Grade: 35%
    A well-being plan that supports inclusion, equity, social justice and diversity.
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 35%
    Presentation and reflection on inclusion, equity, social justice and diversity

    Required reading

    All readings will be available through VU Collaborate

    As part of a course

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