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 Hanan Sukkar


This core unit is designed for early childhood professionals in order to enhance their own professional practice. Students will engage in a critical analysis of early childhood research that informs their practice and the practice of others. The characteristics of early childhood educational research are discussed, particularly as this relates to constructing appropriate questions or problems for investigation, critical review of literature, and research design. Students will engage with early childhood research that challenges traditional thinking.


Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • critically read and analyse early childhood research literature
  • Understand the relationship between epistemology, methods, and methodology in the early years research
  • Understand ethical practices in early childhood research
  • Lead evidence-based research to inform practice in early childhood education.


Assessment 1: Written assignment - 4000 words (50%); and
Assessment 2: Written assignment - 4000 words (50%)

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Contact hours

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