Courses & Units

Documenting Learning and Portfolios for Young Children ESH347



This unit can be taken as an elective in Education courses. It is not available as an elective in some other courses. Please check with your Faculty prior to enrolling in this unit.


This unit is designed to provide information about the value of implementing Portfolios for Young Children in Early Childhood Settings prior to formal school. Students will discuss and reflect on - What are children's portfolios? How can children's portfolios be best developed to support their learning and development? Whose voices should be visible in children's portfolios to promote their holistic development and why?

Explorations focus on how portfolios can support curriculum development and planning for young children, from birth to five years, by making rich links to the national curriculum document, Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF) (DWEER, 2009). There is an emphasis on how portfolios can be implemented and designed by including the five learning outcomes noted in the ELYF framework. The outcomes are:

*   Children have a strong sense of identity;

*   Children are connected with and contribute to their world;

*   Children have a strong sense of wellbeing;

*   Children are confident and involved learners; and

*   Children are effective communicators (p. 3).

This elective unit will help students recognise how these learning outcomes can be best supported through a socio-cultural approach to learning. By making learning visible greater insights into children's learning styles, interests and capabilities will be gained.

Students will also have the opportunity to show their preferred way of implementing and designing portfolios for young children in early childhood settings, and asked to provide a rich explanation and justification for this option.


Unit name Documenting Learning and Portfolios for Young Children
Unit code ESH347
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education

Teaching staff

Dr Bronwyn Reynolds

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

* 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).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,108.00 070101

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:


Teaching Pattern

Online students: Weekly tasks and readings


Discussion board posting and response (10%)

A justification for the design and the implementation of children’s portfolios (40%)

A construction of a young child’s portfolio (50%)

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