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 - 2018 (Online)
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


Integrated Learning Session

Online 26 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for EDUC6264
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