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Designing Early Childhood Learning Environments (EDN538)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Description This unit examines how the design of indoor and outdoor experiences and environments can support early years' learning (children aged birth- five years). Case studies focused on the professional skills and knowledge necessary for the provision of nurturing, inclusive and sustainable environments are reviewed. Administrative and legislative requirements of workplace practice are examined.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students should be able to:
1. Evaluate early childhood learning environments
2. Identify some keywords and metaphors used to identify desirable characteristics of an early years learning environment
3. Develop skills in designing provocations that inspire creativity and curiosity
4. Explain the relationship between early childhood philosophy and early childhood learning environments
5. Reflect upon a range of educational activities that can build young children's respect and awareness towards the environment
Timetabled Learning Activities
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 Two, students will need to locate an early years Long Day-care Centre to undertake fieldwork. To complete Assignment Three, students will need to participate in an online group assignment. Details are provided in the Unit Information and Learning Guide which will be available online at the commencement of the semester.
Assessment In this unit you will be required to undertake three assignments and an exam. Assignment One is an essay weighted at 10%. Assignment Two is a Fieldwork Report weighted at 30%. Assignment Three is an Online Group Project weighted at 30%. The final exam is weighted at 30%. Detailed feedback on your assignments will be provided by your tutor
Prerequisites Enrolment in a Graduate qualification or permission of the Unit Coordinator.
Notes Prior to undertaking fieldwork at an Early Years Long Day- care Centre, it is mandatory that pre-service teachers complete or obtain several forms and clearances.
Information and forms regarding these mandatory requirements can be accessed via the Professional Experience website: http://www.murdoch.edu.au/School-of-Education/Professional-Experience
Completion and submission of these mandatory requirements is essential before fieldwork is arranged.
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Sandra Hesterman
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6305
e: S.Hesterman@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.020A - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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