1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
Enrolment not permitted
1 of EDUC3657, EDUC4836 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 a deep understanding of the social construction of families
  • Introduce observational and analytical skills in relation to the concept of family-centred, strengths-based practice in early childhood settings
  • Enable students to critically analyse and evaluate 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
  • Support students to develop a research-based approach to examine the social construction of families and childhoods
  • Guide students as they develop an understanding of the processes involved in planning, implementing and evaluating an inclusive curriculum in early childhood settings
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Select appropriate ways of gathering, analysing and critiquing 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
  4. Analyse the processes involved in planning an inclusive program
  5. Develop and design elements of a successful partnership program that support new understandings in the 21st century