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.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
All readings will be available through VU Collaborate
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):