The Image of the Child

    Unit code: ECE4003 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Nicholson
    Online Real Time
    ECE2003 - History, Philosophy and Early Childhood Education
    ECE3007 - Practice in Partnership 4
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    In this unit students will engage deeply with the construction of the child, childhood and early childhood education. Students will understand how these conceptualisations have changed over time and across place. Students will critically reflect on the image of the child in the Australian and global context and analyse the positioning of early childhood education in society. The unit will equip students with the ability to discuss the concept of the child, childhood and early childhood education from a sociological perspective.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Examine historical, societal and political changes in early childhood education in Australia and worldwide;
    2. Critically reflect on the changing nature of childhood, the image of the child and the role of the early childhood workforce;
    3. Develop a deep understanding of early childhood education and children from a sociological perspective, considering the roles of culture and history

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    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 30%
    The image of the child through time and place
    Assessment type: Essay
    Grade: 30%
    The social construction of childhood
    Assessment type: Journal
    Grade: 40%
    Reflective journal entries on understanding of key concepts

    Required reading

    Links to relevant texts will be available via VU collaborate.

    As part of a course

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