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
OfferedNot offered in 2014


This unit critically examines trends in education policy across local, national regional and global levels. Students engage with notions of neoliberalism in education policy and investigate how policy influences early years' education through a range of perspectives. Students also develop an understanding of Australian policy relevant to early childhood education and the implications for their work as professional educators.


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

  1. understand local, national and global contemporary education policies relevant to the field of early years education
  2. begin to critically analyse and apply education policy
  3. identify policies that impact on local early childhood settings and schools and begin to critically investigate how these policies can be implemented in practice.


Essay: compare and discuss an example of a local /national and an international education policy relevant to early childhood education (2000 words, 50%)
Group task: develop and present to peers an exemplar of the application of current policy as practised in an early childhood setting or school (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • 24 hours over the semester

(b.) Additional requirements:

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

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