Faculty of Education

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedBerwick First semester 2014 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2014 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Term 2 2014 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Dr Niranjan Casinader (Berwick); Ms Marie Hammer (City); Dr Corine Rivalland (Peninsula)


This unit develops students' understanding of the curriculum guidelines, documentation, assessment and evaluation policies that are pertinent to early childhood education at a local and national level. Students are involved in analyses of pedagogical, social, cultural, political and economic dimensions of curriculum theory, practice, design and assessment that meet diverse learners' needs. They develop knowledge of the key elements of current policy including the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), the Australian Curriculum and the Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). They explore exemplars of early years programs and planning and how children's activities are assessed, so they may competently and professionally develop practices expected in early childhood learning and care in Australia and internationally.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate in-depth understanding of the curriculum guidelines, documentation, assessment and evaluation policies
  2. demonstrate the ability to observe, document, analyse, assess and evaluate children's learning and reflect on curriculum effectiveness in their own practice
  3. apply curriculum theories and design to the development of culturally inclusive programs in diverse settings for children
  4. demonstrate reflexive practice to develop effective curriculum, assessment and documentation in education.


Curriculum policy and document analysis (2000 words, 50%)
Essay on curriculum development, application, assessment and evaluation in practice (2000 words, 50%)

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Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2 hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

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