EDUC5506 Developing and Managing the Infant and Early Childhood Learning Environment

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Multi-mode Multiple modes of delivery. Unit includes a mix of online and on-campus study requirements. On campus attendance for some activities is required to complete this unit.
Content
Students are introduced to postmodern relational practice and human rights based approaches to education and care in infant and early years learning environments with special emphasis on children's social, emotional, cognitive, linguistic and physical developmental needs. They are introduced to theories of ethics and social justice in early childhood education and care settings and utilise best practices when conducting research with children and their families. Students apply a bio-ecological system in practice—utilising information exchange with parents, peers, university staff and other professionals in the field of early childhood education and care. Students are introduced to assessment and rating in education and care services as per the regulatory authorities' assessment against the National Quality Standard and apply an international Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS). Students critically evaluate theoretical and research literature and global and national policy developments. Students learn how to create rich numeracy learning environments.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge about postmodern relational practice and human rights based approaches to education and care in infant and early years learning environments; (2) demonstrate an understanding of bio-ecological systems in practice as approach to understand the child's learning environment; (3) analyse strategies and the role of leadership in engaging parents and communities in establishing safe and effective indoor and outdoor learning environments, utilizing the place and characteristics of space and materials.; (4) critically reflect on the use of and rating for early childhood education and care services in terms of the regulatory authorities' assessment against the National Quality Standard and international Early Childhood Environment Rating Scales (ECERS); and (5) create a plan for an environment rich in numeracy learning and justify the plan and in terms of early childhood learning theories, resources principles and practices.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) infant and toddler programme and (2) case study. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the infant and toddler programme and case study components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Gerardine Neylon
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) or in 32330 the Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care
Contact hours
30 contact hours (150 total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline.
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