EDFD673 Reconceptualising Childhood and Pedagogy in the Early Years
In this unit early years educators will critically examine the principles and perspectives underpinning contemporary learning and teaching in particular the years birth to eight. This will include philosophical and historical perspectives and ecological systems theory as applied to broad and complex early years’ contexts. State, national and international historical, political, economic and social factors and their implications for planning, programming and relationships in the early years context will be considered. The implementation of strengths-based pedagogy that promotes children as capable learners and actively engages them in play and other authentic contexts for learning is critically examined from multiple standpoints, including cross cultural, intercultural, and Australian Indigenous perspectives. Consistent with national and state early years learning frameworks, and national curriculum documents, pre-service educators will explore documentation and assessment as an advocacy tool for children’s competencies and as an effective foundation for meaningful conversations with children, families and other professionals.