Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedSingapore Term 3 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jane Bone


In this unit students examine the nature of values and how these are central to the early childhood professional's connectedness with children, families, community and the profession. In this engagement with the ethical dimensions of early childhood education students are provided with the opportunity to explore a range of ethical issues including the ethics of care, the commitment to inclusion, the notion of quality and the ethics of researching children. Students have the opportunity to examine these issues from local, national or global perspectives.


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

  1. understand the nature of values and their link with early childhood education
  2. demonstrate an awareness of the complexity, commitments and the ethical dilemmas inherent in the work of an early childhood professional, articulate and defend a position on a chosen topic or issue using their understanding of the ethical dimensions related to this matter
  3. critique the current debates in early childhood education concerned with ethics.


Tutorial or conference presentation and paper (5000 words equivalent, 60%)
Structured journal (3000 words equivalent, 40%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester/term comprising:

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

  • 3 contact hours per week

(b.) Requirements for offshore Kaplan-based students:

  • one intensive block comprising two week nights and weekend days, normally from Thursday to Sunday
  • at least fourteen hours of online study per term

(c.) Additional requirements (all students)

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

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