This unit provides a foundational overview of the theoretical perspectives that have contributed to the history and philosophy of early childhood education. It examines philosophies, theories and theorists over time that have helped shape views about children and children's learning, curriculum development, and the role of the teacher. The unit will enable students to recognise the importance of philosophy in early childhood education as they read research and engage with philosophical ideas about teaching young children. Students will also begin to develop a broad knowledge of curriculum approaches, including Froebel, Montessori, Steiner and Reggio Emilia that are implemented across Australia in contemporary early childhood settings. These approaches will be examined with respect to the principles, practices and outcomes of Australia's Early Years Learning Framework.
1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x2-hr tutorial/week for 12 weeks
1000wd group work presentation (20%), 2500wd essay (40%), 2hr exam (40%)