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 further develops students' understanding of teaching children through periods of change and transition in their lives so they are confident, creative and involved learners. Students engage with theoretical perspectives to identify social, emotional, language development and other influences that mediate and contribute to the child's sense of belonging, being and becoming between home and education contexts. The focus of this unit is also on students developing and applying insights and practical strategies to support children to be capable communicators who can establish meaning and understanding through their lives, as they move in time and space, between and within, their everyday contexts, including the transitions between home, childcare, preschool and school. By exploring the traditions, routines and practices within children's contexts, students are given the opportunity to understand children's learning and development in these varying contexts in collaboration with parents and other professionals.


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

  1. understand how to teach children through periods of change and transition in their lives, so they can be confident, creative and involved learners
  2. display an understanding of children's social, emotional and language development
  3. become familiar with aspects of children's transitions in life, between child care and preschool, preschool and school, between varied educational contexts and the home
  4. learn and demonstrate skills in supporting children to negotiate change in their lives
  5. learn and demonstrate ways of establishing and sharing information with other professionals and parents
  6. design daily transitions within the curriculum to support children's movement through their daily experiences before, during and after their time in the educational setting.


Transition report (2000 words, 50%)
Curriculum design: transitions in education settings (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • 2 contact hours per week over the semester

(b.) Additional requirements:

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

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