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Inquiry in Early Childhood Philosophy and Practices

10 Units

This course enables participants to analyse current practices within changing socio-cultural, philosophical, political and educational contexts. Participants will identify and position themselves in current approaches and debates regarding pedagogy, curriculum, growing children and professional issues through the application of a number of theoretical lenses. Participants will develop a critical framework to research policy, growing children and their learning, curriculum and pedagogy. Key to the course is the development of a critically reflective orientation that aims to position participants as 'teacher researchers' in the field of early childhood education.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education

Not currently offered


This course provides students with the opportunity to:

  1. understand and critically evaluate early childhood contexts and practices from different theoretical perspectives;
  2. develop a critical framework for researching an issue of choice;
  3. understand their practices as under continuous inquiry/research; and
  4. develop competencies to sustain reflective practice through research.

The following list indicates indicative course content:

  • Particular global and local contexts and discourses that shape the broad field of early childhood education and practices.

  • Theories to analyse issues in early childhood education.

  • Develop skills for critical examination, analysis and reflection to challenge and extend participants’ own thinking and practices.

Replacing Course(s) NA
Transition NA
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge NA
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Email Discussion Group
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - 60% Review of literature in relation to a topic of research selected by the participant.
  • Journal - 40% Option 1: Participation in online discussions that critically engages with the literature assigned for the course in a reflective manner in regards to the individual's context and practices as an early childhood professional. Option 2: Annotated bibliography with critical reflection of 10 journal articles in relation to a self-selected topic of the participant.
Contact Hours
  • Workshop: for 5 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
  • Lecture: for 7 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
  • Tutorial: for 14 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2014 Course Timetables for EDUC6264

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