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Babies and Toddlers: Growing and Learning (EDN237)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1E-internal (closed), S1E-external (closed)
Description This unit provides students with a socio-cultural perspective of children's growth and learning across the developmental domains. A range of key concepts and contemporary issues pertaining to early childhood pedagogy, principles and practices that support and enrich children's growth and learning from birth to age two years are investigated.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students should be able to:
1. Understand the role of early childhood educators as responsive to diverse experiences of childhood;
2. Identify some of the critical milestones in young children's development across a range of domains;
3. Design an early childhood education and care program that supports the growth and learning of babies and toddlers; and
4. Recognise diverse tools for observing, monitoring and/or assessing that are appropriate to early childhood education and care.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; 1 workshop: 2 hours per week
Unit Learning Experiences Murdoch is committed to the average student spending approximately 10 hours per week per unit; hence your commitment to this unit should include an appropriate amount of private study and reading. The use of the online mode of this unit encourages all students to share their learning via discussion. Audio visual and online videos will be incorporated according to their relevance to the topics each week.
Other Learning Experiences To complete Assignment 1 students will be placed in an Early Learning and Development Centre (Long Day-care Centre) to undertake a case study of one child (aged 2-3 years). Details are provided in the Unit Information and Learning Guide which will be available online at the commencement of the semester. Students will complete ten days (7 hours per day including meal breaks) working with children aged 2-3 years in an Early Learning and Development Centre (an Australian Long Day-care Centre)
Assessment In this unit you will be required to undertake two assignments and an examination. Assignment One is a Fieldwork Report weighted at 30%. Assignment Two is Designing Early Learning and Development Programs weighted at 40%. The final exam is weighted at 30%. Detailed feedback on your assignments will be provided by your tutor.
Prerequisites Enrolment in BEd Early Childhood and Primary (B1319) and successful completion of BED150 and EDN168 Nurturing Creativity in the Early Years, and successful completion of / or co-enrolment in EDN239 Professional Experience in a Long Day-care Centre
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary Teaching) (BEd(EC&PrimTeach))
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Ms Kylie Ridder
Early Childhood Lecturer

e: K.Ridder@murdoch.edu.au
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MURDOCH: S1E-External
MURDOCH: S1E-Internal
Ms Kylie Ridder
Early Childhood Lecturer

e: K.Ridder@murdoch.edu.au
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