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EDF5908

Faculty of Education

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
Monash Passport categoryInternship (Act Program)
OfferedPeninsula First semester (extended) 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Hanan Sukkar

Synopsis

In this unit students will learn to critique the constructions of childhood, family and community across cultures and historical periods. In particular, students will analyse images of the child found in local, national and international literature and media, and interrogate the theoretical foundations of these sources. Drawing upon contemporary learning and development theories students will analyse the relationships between children's contexts and the beliefs held about children within the particular communities under study. Visual research methodologies will be employed by students to investigate adult and child perspectives on aspects of everyday life in families and communities.

Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will have developed:

  • Historical and contemporary theories of child development to analyse and critique constructions of childhood, family and community across cultures and historical periods.
  • The images of childhood and families found in local, national and international literature and media.
  • Skills in use of multiple research methodologies to investigate child and adult perspectives of everyday life in families and communities.
  • Consider and analyse multiple views of childhood, children and families in relation to the role of the early childhood professional.

Fieldwork

25 days in a range of early childhood settings across the 3 to 5 years age range.

Assessment

Research project (4000 words or equivalent, 50%)
Satisfactory completion and documentation of professional practice (equivalent 4000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Equivalent to an average of 24 hours per week including 3 contact hours