Power, entitlement, social justice and ethical discourses are all concepts with which early childhood teachers must familiarise themselves and act upon when undertaking a leadership or teaching/caregiving role with children under 5 years of age. This unit enables students to become aware of and to develop reflective understandings about morals and ethics, professional accountability, professional conduct, responding ethically, communicating ethically with people from a wide and diverse population, and conflict and issue resolution. Students will examine a range of legal and ethical mandates and guidelines associated with the role of the professional in early childhood environments. This unit looks at globalism, social justice in a diverse world, and issues of parternship and power. It also enables students to appreciate how ethical values develop in young minds, how this is related to the infant brain and how early childhood educators can assist in developing children's ethical values awareness. It also allows students to explore their own ethical precepts and to consider a range of options for working with young children and their families to foster socially just, morally acceptable and ethically appropriate early childhood environments.
1x1-hr lecture/wk and 1x2hr tutorial/wk, for 12 weeks
2000wd essay (30%), 3000wd reflective journal (40%), 1000wd group presentation (30%)
90 credit points including EDEC2002