Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedNot offered in 2015


Students engage critically with the concepts of space and place, and research the relevance of the spatial in early years' educational theory and practice. Emphasis is given to critical engagement with place-based pedagogies, and post-human and post-colonial perspectives as pathways into research with a focus on places and spaces. The relationships between places, spaces and identities are examined, including place as a significant concept in Indigenous knowledges. Students have the opportunity to undertake a small research project to investigate new perspectives of place in early years' education.


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

  1. appreciate and understand their own communities through local history, culture and environment
  2. plan, implement and evaluate experiences that connect educational settings and communities
  3. engage children in place making in their own educational settings and communities
  4. consider how places affect relationships to other people and other places.


Group work: Critical review of place-based, post-human, post-colonial perspectives of place and space (1600 words, 40%)
Individual research project: New perspectives of place in early years' education (2400 words, 60%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • 3 hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • 9 hours of independent study including readings, completion of set tasks and self-directed learning

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