Early Childhood Development Research and Practice

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 14 weeks
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Awarded by: Macquarie University
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About this unit

This online unit in Early Childhood Development Research and Practice from Macquarie University, delivered by Open Universities Australia, is designed to expand your knowledge of early child development. Particular emphasis is placed on the different approaches and methodologies used to understand and evaluate childhood development, what constitutes high quality childcare, and how to evaluate children’s environments.

Contemporary theories and research in this field will be examined using recent studies on child development, with a strong focus on pre-school settings. Areas covered will include brain development, key childhood development transitions, risk-taking behaviour and the effects of early neglect on development.

You will develop advanced analytical skills in examining evidence-based methods of teaching and assessing programs used in prior-to-school settings, with the aim of informing future policy, including prevention and intervention programmes.

Assessment of this online unit is conducted in three ways – completing online quizzes on lectures (20%), a 2000-word literature review (50%), and an applied task for the remaining 30% of your grade.

Eligibility

To be eligible to enrol, applicants must have successfully completed the following unit:

  • Early Childhood Development

You must also have been accepted into the following course:

  • Master of Teaching (Birth to Five Years), Macquarie University

Areas of study

In this Early Childhood Development Research and Practice unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction to unit content and requirements
  • Theoretical approaches
  • Australian studies of child development
  • International studies on child development and early childhood education
  • Reading the research and teachers as researchers
  • Key transitions in early childhood development
  • Early brain development in children
  • Effects of child abuse and neglect on the developing child
  • Social-emotional development and wellbeing
  • Culture, child development and early childhood education
  • Research and evidence-based practice
  • Risk-taking behaviour and child development
  • Research and prevention and intervention programs: an example of social policy
  • Reflections on the learning from this unit

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Master of Teaching (Birth to Five Years), Macquarie University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

Future practitioners in the field of child development and education will benefit greatly from the broad range of development-related study contained in this unit. Once this unit is successfully completed, you will have gained a thorough understanding of how to analyse and evaluate programs and approaches related to child development, with particular emphasis on prior-to-school development.

You will be able to demonstrate advanced critical and analytical thinking when examining developmental theories and contemporary research, including areas such as brain development, social and emotional wellbeing, the effects of abuse and neglect, and the effectiveness of intervention programs. Your skills in high-level thinking will be developed to enable you to apply findings and evidence from child development research to address real life challenges in children’s early development.

You will also be able to actively and usefully contribute to debates in childhood development strategies, influencing discussions on policy and practice in this field, and communicating findings from child development research to both child development professionals and policy makers, as well as parents.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Early Childhood Development Research and Practice from Macquarie University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA's full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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