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EDF5416

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Hilary Monk

Synopsis

This unit will examine the ideas of a number of different early childhood educational theorists, including Froebel, Steiner, Montessori, McMillan, Vygotsky, Malaguzzi and others and considers how their philosophies reflected or reacted against the existing historical, social and cultural contexts. In addition it will look at how these theorists have influenced, directly and indirectly, early childhood education today - particularly within Australia.

Objectives

As a result of studying this unit students are expected to demonstrate:

  • knowledge of a range of different ideas and theories that have, across time, contributed to current early childhood educational philosophy and pedagogy;
  • understanding of how these theories reflect or react against their prevailing historical, social and/or cultural contexts;
  • ability to reflect on the existing social, cultural, historical and economic conditions existing in Australia today (and/or in their own international/cultural setting) that influence the provision of early childhood services with this context;
  • ability to draw upon knowledge of various theories to discuss appropriate early childhood practices that support and extend young children's growth, development and learning within this context.

Assessment

Task 1: Students will be required to undertake research and class seminar with an accompanying report (2200) words: 45%. Task 2: An essay (2800 words): 55%.

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Hilary Monk

Contact hours

2 hours per week