Early Years Pedagogy and Practice

Subject EDUC90710 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2015.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

This subject introduces teacher candidates to the major perspectives on pedagogy and practice in the early years of education, particularly pedagogical practice for children 4-8 years of age. Topics include the key principles, practice, and learning outcomes underlying the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF), and the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF), the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) dimensions, the Transition Initiative, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; working with Early Childhood professionals.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, teacher candidates will have the knowledge, skills and understanding to:
• Understand the policy and legal frameworks governing the early childhood care and education;
• Explore a range of practice principles and observation and assessment tools for building evidence of young children’s learning and development;
• Understand the impact of instructional support, emotional support and classroom organization on young children’s learning and development;
• Understand the impact of transition practices on young children’s experiences of starting school

  • 2000 word inquiry project due week 7, 50%
  • 2000 word project due during exam period,50%

Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Teachstone. (2011). Elementary K-3 CLASS Dimensions Guide. Teachstone

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject teacher candidates will have the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to:
• Be skilled communicators who can effectively articulate pedagogical practice across early years settings;
• Recognise the relationship between effective teaching and improved learning outcomes for young children
• Work in professional teams across educational sectors;
• Work collaboratively with children and parents to inform their practice.

Related Course(s): Master of Teaching (Primary)

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