Critical pedagogies for a changing world explores the key concepts of critical and transformative education - social justice, equity, ecological/social sustainability, identity & values - within the context of the early years. The topic draws on Humanities and Social Sciences knowledge to examine the key theoretical ideas of place, space, time, continuity and change that underpin The Early Years Learning Framework and The Australian Curriculum documents and pedagogical practices. The topic develops a sense of professional autonomy in students, challenging them to find creative and novel ways to support young children in their participation in their social worlds, within and beyond the classroom. Using a social and critical pedagogies approach, it addresses practical dilemmas faced by teachers in the modern world, exploring the ethical questions underlying relevant issues. The topic enables students to develop a critical understanding of the social and environmental changes that are occurring in global society, and build a sense of expertise and competence in responding to these pedagogically.
The topic aims to:
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