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2013 ESH144 Early Childhood Education

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Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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SPECIAL NOTE: In order to complete the requirements for this unit you will need to conduct observations in an early childhood setting.


Unit Sem 1 Sem 2 Full Yr Spring Summer Winter
ESH144 Distance(H,L,W,I,N,O)

Key Semester Dates
Semester Campus Attendance Note Start Date Census Date Final WW Date* End Date
Sem 2 H Distance 15-JUL-2013 10-AUG-2013 02-SEP-2013 18-OCT-2013
Sem 2 I Distance 15-JUL-2013 10-AUG-2013 02-SEP-2013 18-OCT-2013
Sem 2 L Distance 15-JUL-2013 10-AUG-2013 02-SEP-2013 18-OCT-2013
Sem 2 N Distance 15-JUL-2013 10-AUG-2013 02-SEP-2013 18-OCT-2013
Sem 2 O Distance 15-JUL-2013 10-AUG-2013 02-SEP-2013 18-OCT-2013
Sem 2 W Distance 15-JUL-2013 10-AUG-2013 02-SEP-2013 18-OCT-2013

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see Withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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This unit introduces students to the practice of observing and documenting young children's learning and development in early childhood settings, and to sound techniques to reflect on pedagogical practices. Critical reflection requires a sound knowledge of the different early childhood theoretical paradigms and perspectives, along with an understanding of the complexity of the early childhood practitioner's role in young children's learning and development. We know that careful and meaningful observation, documentation and reflection is a complex process but it is imperative in informing curriculum planning and implementation, effective staff interactions and accurate reporting. By taking this unit you will have the opportunity to develop these skills to help you gain a greater understanding of the complexity of children's learning and development across all domains. This understanding will enable you to plan and implement individually and culturally appropriate educational opportunities that promote learning and development and overall well-being for young children in early childhood settings, with the underpinning notion of children as capable and competent young learners. Examining questions such as the ones below will be an integral part of the unit:

  • What are the different early childhood paradigms and perspectives? How might a practitioner's knowledge and understanding of these impact on pedagogical practices?

  • Why do we need to know about multiple learning and development domains to support and interpret children's learning and development?

  • Why are observations and other forms of documentation critical for children's learning and development?

  • What may be the best type of observation to undertake in a particular situation?

  • What does it mean to critically reflect on pedagogical practices and why is it so important?

WEIGHT: 12.5%

ASSESSMENT: Selecting and justifying appropriate observation techniques for two young children (40%) A power point slide presentation providing written and visual documentation concerning children_s observations (60%)

TEACHING PATTERN: Dr Bronwyn Reynolds

Note: Class attendance may still be required

   Web supported - L
Online access to some part of this unit online is optional
   Fully online - H,W,I,N,O
This unit is taught entirely online
   Resource supported teaching & learning - H,L,W,I,N,O
Additional resources are provided for your optional use; e.g. audio taped lectures
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STAFF: Dr Bronwyn Reynolds

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