Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedPeninsula First semester (extended) 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Iris Duhn


This unit explores the various philosophies that have contributed to the development of early childhood education over time. The focus is on the underlying principles of various education philosophies and the links to the socio-cultural context. The unit encourages students to deconstruct a range of philosophies, beyond the artefacts, to distil key principles of learning that can be developed into a succinct pedagogical framework relevant to contemporary early childhood education. The unit meets these demands through document analysis and observation of the application of practices in the present day.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should have knowledge and understanding of:

  • Critical reading and literature review
  • Awareness of links between current theory and contemporary practice
  • Evaluate philosophical principles in current professional settings
  • Rigorously articulate own pedagogical beliefs


Assessment 1: Oral or written report (3500 words or equivalent 50%); and Assessment 2: Research project (4500 words or equivalent 50%)

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Contact hours

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