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
Availability Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

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 2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6264

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