Quality early childhood education requires teachers to develop strong relationships with children, families, colleagues, and professional and community stakeholders. Integral to the building and maintaining of such relationships is effective interpersonal and workplace communication. Communicating with others, and with a diversity of individuals and groups within and external to the early childhood setting, requires proficiency in skills that include active listening, showing empathy, interviewing, managing conflict, managing change, and working in teams. The unit's focus on developing these skills within a theorising of professional, workplace and inter-personal communication will support students' capacity to practice as intentional and effective communicators in complex and dynamic teaching environments.
1x1hr lecture/wk and 1x2hr workshop/wk over 12 weeks
1500wd other (interpersonal skills in action) (40%)and 2000wd essay (30%) and 2500wd equivalent peer teaching (30%)
66 credit points including EDEC2006 and EDEC2005