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EDF5416 - Perspectives of early childhood education

6 points, SCA Band 0, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Education

Leader: Ms J Robbins


Peninsula Second semester 2007 (Day)


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.


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.


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%.

Contact hours

2 hours per week