This online unit, Issues in Early Childhood Policy and Pedagogy, will provide you with an opportunity to refine your current skills and understanding of early years teaching. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the current policies impacting on the education of young children, and begin to critique relevant literature and policy documents relating to the field.
The unit, provided by Macquarie University and Open Universities Australia, will look at the development of policy in a global, national and local context. You will also explore the concepts of diversity and social justice in this setting, and develop a more thorough understanding of how children's voices are heard, and listened to, by those policymakers.
As you study this unit you will also explore the Reggio Emilia approach to teaching. This educational philosophy is based on the concept that all children possess strong potential for development, and should be subject to certain rights as they grow and develop relationships with others. You will have the chance to develop your own essay or project on a specific area, enhancing your presentation skills before your final assessment.
Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to enter this program:
You must be accepted into the Master of Teaching (Birth to Five Years)
You must have completed 3 units at 600 level AND 3 units at 800 level
Areas of study
In this Issues in Early Childhood Policy and Pedagogy unit, the topics you will study include:
Introduction to the unit
Understanding early childhood policy and politics – a conceptual overview
Early childhood policy – global contexts
Understanding early childhood pedagogy
Reconsidering the concept of developmentally appropriate practice
Early childhood policy – national contexts
Assessment and effective pedagogy
Early childhood policy – local context
Diversity and social justice in early childhood settings
Children's voices in early childhood policy
Critiquing the experience of Reggio Emilia
Presentations and implications
Reflections on learning
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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This unit will help you develop a wide range of skills relevant to a career in the classroom, in education policy or in the field of academic research in pedagogy. From communication and listening skills to the particular skills needed for critical review and analysis, you will work individually and in group-based scenarios, to define and discuss the benefits and limitations of specific policy and teaching methodology related to early childhood education.
You will study the aspects of this unit in a global context, as well as a national one – meaning your understanding will not be limited to one state, or even one country. Wherever you choose to pursue your career, this unit will give you a solid foundation from which to develop your understanding of all aspects of early childhood policy and pedagogy.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Issues in Early Childhood Policy and Pedagogy from Macquarie University.
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Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable 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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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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