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Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education (EDN355)

School School of Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1E-internal, S1E-external
Description This unit addresses theories of play and development, learning, and pedagogy for young children in the early years of schooling. It offers a theoretical base alongside practical applications for students to develop their skills as early years educators and a philosophy of early childhood pedagogy.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Justify the necessity for early childhood educators to provide a play based learning environment.
2. Have a sound knowledge of the principles of the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum.
3. Identify and describe the necessary elements of a high quality early years program.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 5 x 1 hour lectures; 5 podcasts; workshops: 10 x 2 hours
Unit Learning Experiences This unit combines lectures, vodcasts, workshops (internal) weekly study tasks (external) and online components. 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.
Assessment The assessment in this unit is designed to equip early childhood students with the advocacy skills and theoretical foundations for working in the early years. Additionally, students will be assessed on their application of key policy documents to practical scenarios.
Prerequisites Successful completion of BED150/EDN112/EDN1121 Understanding Teachers' Work, and successful completion of or co-enrolment in EDN208/EDN221 Learning and Teaching.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed EDN320/EDN3201 Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education or EDU322/EDU3221 Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Notes External students have weekly tasks to complete online.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Early Childhood and Primary Teaching (BEd) [New in 2019]
Primary Teaching (BEd) [New in 2014]
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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MURDOCH: S1E-External
MURDOCH: S1E-Internal
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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