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

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able 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.
Assessment Items
  • Annotated Bibliography: Essays/Written Assignments - Journal / annotated bibliography
  • Literature Review: Essays/Literature review
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 7 hour(s) per Term
  • Tutorial: for 14 hour(s) per Term
  • Workshop: for 5 hour(s) per Term (Lectures and tutorials may be delivered online)
Course Materials
  • No Materials
Timetable 2016 Course Timetables for EDUC6264
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