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EDF2032

Faculty of Education

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedBerwick First semester 2014 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2014 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Term 1 2014 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Dr Helen Grimmett (Berwick); Dr Gloria Quinones (City, Peninsula)

Synopsis

In this unit students examine research which explores contemporary theories about play and how play supports children's learning. Students learn how to interpret play-based curriculum that encourages children to explore, solve problems, create and construct new knowledge and explore how play is re-defined and theorised. In addition, students explore the diverse culturally informed ways in which children in contemporary society play and learn in their families, communities and early childhood settings. Importantly, students undertake an analysis of the contemporary theories of play, noting the research upon which a variety of theories are based, examining multicultural variations, popular culture and gendered interactions. They become familiar with a range of children's play contexts. Students further develop their understanding through observing children at play, undertaking analyses and re-theorising play.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the importance of learning through play pedagogies and their application within play-based curricula
  2. critically analyse the assumptions and research base underpinning the range of theoretical perspectives of play
  3. develop an understanding of a range of tools and methods to assess children's learning in play
  4. use contemporary theories of play to creatively explore and construct re-theorisations of play and learning in families, communities and early childhood settings.

Assessment

Oral presentation of an observed play event with analysis of pedagogical practices (2000 words equivalent, 50%)
Essay: apply new theoretical knowledge of play to generate a conceptual diagram of play-based curriculum (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2 hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

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