EDUC5519 Contemporary Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit is concerned with education issues outside the classroom. The unit takes a global overview of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). The sociocultural and economics dimensions of the early years are considered. Through an exploration research from the OECD and UNICEF, we trace influences that led to the 2009 suite of Australian National Early Years reforms for children before attending formal school. We explore Leadership and Advocacy in Early Years Care and Education.
Students are able to (1) differentiate approaches to ECEC provision across various international economic regimes; (2) create a policy statement to advocate for children's rights and for workforce issues for the early childhood profession; (3) analyse issues in policy development that include intended and unintended consequences at macro and micro levels; (4) critique the use of Human Development theory in global ECEC reform; and (5) critique Australian policy and legal frameworks governing the early years care and education.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) case study and (2) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Gerardine Neylon
Contact hours
24 hours, a total of 150 hours total time commitment
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-A-1B_2019]
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