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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Education

Unit aim

Focuses on students acquiring an understanding of play and pedagogies utilised in early childhood education and care. Analyses key issues pertaining to the role of play in learning; the relationships between philosophy, theory and pedagogy to learning environments for young children, and aims to develop a personal response to a range of early childhood education issues associated with play and pedagogies in early childhood education

Unit content

Module 1: Foundational Theories of Play and Pedagogies

Module 2: Contemporary Theoretical Perspectives of Play and Pedagogies 

Module 3: Facilitating Play for Learning in Early Childhood Settings 

Module 4: Play and the curriculum framework 

Module 5: Whose Play? Inclusive Practices

Module 6: 21st Century Constructions of Play and Pedagogies

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 identify and analyse the role of play in learning and examine the challenges pertaining to play and pedagogies
2 discuss the diversity of approaches to pedagogies utilised in early childhood education and care, and how they position children, teachers and parents/carers
3 analyse the relationships between the philosophy, theory and pedagogy to learning environment for all young children (birth – 5 years)
4 critically reflect on personal philosophy to play and pedagogies for learning and teaching as an early childhood professional

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify and analyse the role of play in learning and examine the challenges pertaining to play and pedagogies
  2. discuss the diversity of approaches to pedagogies utilised in early childhood education and care, and how they position children, teachers and parents/carers
  3. analyse the relationships between the philosophy, theory and pedagogy to learning environment for all young children (birth – 5 years)
  4. critically reflect on personal philosophy to play and pedagogies for learning and teaching as an early childhood professional

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.

  • Robinson, C, Treasure, T, O'Connor, D, Neylon, G, Harrison, C, Wynne, S.,, 2018, Learning Through Play, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne. ISBN: 9780190304829.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.