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Advanced Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education (EDN520)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Description This unit addresses theories of play and development, learning, and pedagogy for young children specifically children from birth to five years. It is designed for practicing primary school teachers who wish to make the early years a specialisation.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Articulate the major theories and philosophies underpinning early childhood education.
2. Investigate and apply pedagogical principles of early childhood education.
3. Justify a play based learning environment.
4. Have a sound knowledge of the principles of the Early Years Learning Framework and National Quality Framework.
5. Identify and describe the necessary elements of a high quality early years program.
Timetabled Learning Activities Nil.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit offers online learning materials and discussion as well as access to recorded lectures and powerpoint presentations.
Assessment The assessment in the unit is in the form of two assignments and one exam. The assignments include an essay worth 30% of your total mark and a field work case study examining quality areas worth 40%. The exam is worth 30%.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the; Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care, Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education, OR Master of Education (Coursework).
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood Education and Care) (GradDipEd(ECE&C)) [New in 2017]
Master of Education (Coursework) (MEd)
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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Associate Professor Libby Lee-Hammond
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2627
e: L.Lee@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.011 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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