1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
1 Admission into BEDPRBA-Bachelor of Education (Primary), Bachelor of Arts
1a Admission into BEDECBA-Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), Bachelor of Arts
1b Admission into MTPR-Master of Teaching (Primary)
1c Admission into BEDECSEBDS-B Education (Early Childhood & Special Ed), B Disability Studies
1d Admission into BEDPRSEBDS-B Education (Primary R-7 & Special Ed), B Disability Studies
1e Admission into BEDPRBGSC-Bachelor of Education (Primary), Bachelor of General Science
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of EDUC3657, EDUC8836 has been successfully completed
Topic description

This topic addresses the interface between early childhood education and care with the lives of children and families in diverse contexts. Through case studies of early childhood educators working effectively in partnership with diverse families and a range of agencies, the topic develops an understanding of the social constructions of families and childhoods, the social practices they adopt and the services in which they participate. Approaches to strengths-based, family centred practice are also explored.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Assist students to develop an understanding of the social construction of families and childhoods
  • Introduce students to the concept of family-centred, strengths-based practice in early childhood settings
  • Enable students to critically analyse a wide variety of resources and approaches for working in partnership with families to enhance learning opportunities for young children, including those with special rights
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to gather, form and critique knowledge of families and childhoods
  2. Identify the contemporary issues affecting families and young children and the implications these have for early childhood educators working within an equity and social justice framework
  3. Apply a family-centred, strengths based approach to working in partnership with parents and other agencies in early childhood settings

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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