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


In this unit students develop understanding of the professional and ethical standards expected of early childhood educators in policy and practice and how they work with other professionals in interdisciplinary fields. They develop knowledge of documents and policies in this area and learn from early childhood and preschool professionals including social workers, health professionals and others to be able to understand the day to day issues and importance of working in interdisciplinary teams. Students develop communication skills that enable them to work professionally and ethically with a variety of professionals in early childhood settings.


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

  1. develop the knowledge of policies and processes to enable them to make ethical and professional decisions as educators in early childhood settings
  2. understand what an interdisciplinary focus means
  3. learn to communicate with a variety of professionals connected to early childhood settings
  4. develop and utilise the skills to be able to work in larger teams of early childhood professionals
  5. understand the implications of professionalism and ethics in interdisciplinary work on children and their families and the community.


Case study analysis of professional and ethical decision making (2000 words equivalent, 50%)
Interview and report: interview with a professional who works in an interdisciplinary context and report on the everyday challenges of the role (2000 words equivalent, 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

(b.) Additional requirements:

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

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study