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Critical Perspectives in Early Childhood Education (EDN672)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit offers participants the opportunity to engage critically with early childhood research and theoretical perspectives. Participants will develop a critical framework for planning, implementing and evaluating early childhood education programs for their own practice and/or for extended research programs. Participants will examine and critically reflect on models of the learner and curriculum contexts in early education.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Students will analyse the historical, social, political, economic factors and philosophical perspectives that have constructed various discourses of childhood;
2. Students will apply postmodern philosophical perspectives and the historical and socio-cultural construction of contemporary childhood and the critiques of the 'universal child' to early childhood contexts;
3. Students will critically examine the construction of adult/child power relationships, and deconstructing of childhood as a period of innocence;
4. Students will apply the notion of the child as citizen with rights to early childhood contexts;
5. Students will infer the pedagogical implications of diverse cultures and identities in early childhood;
6. Students will critically analyse curriculum and policy documents developed for early education and care;
7. Students will evaluate the roles of early childhood educators in responding to diverse experiences of childhood;
8. Students will interpret and apply research ethics and methodologies specifically designed for research in early childhood.
Timetabled Learning Activities External: No attendance required. On-campus meetings usually available on request.
Other Learning Experiences Online discussion and resources will be provided for each topic. Students will provide formative feedback to their peers.
External: No attendance required. On-campus meetings usually available on request.
Assessment In this unit you will be required to submit two assignments and a peer review task. The first assignment requires you complete extended responses to a selection of your set readings. This assignment is weighted at 40%. The second assignment requires you to complete a negotiated essay. This assignment is weighted at 45%. The peer review task requires you to provide formative feedback to peers using a rubric, you will also critically reflect on your own work and incorporate peer feedback into your final essay. This assignment is worth 15%.
Prerequisites Nil.
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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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EDN672
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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EDN672

MURDOCH: S2-External
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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