EDEC28002 - Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education and Care Settings

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The pedagogical approaches adopted by teachers within early childhood settings are informed by a range of sources including understandings about how young children learn, emerging research on the importance of the first one thousand days in the life of a child and guidance from research and curriculum frameworks. Play is recognised as a context for learning with the child’s right to play and the benefits of play enshrined in national and international policy. In this unit, you will research early childhood pedagogies and theories of play that support the holistic development of young children. Understandings derived by researching pedagogical approaches and learning theory will inform the selection of strategies that are responsive to children’s development. The centrality of relationships and responsive language-rich adult-child interactions as pedagogy will be examined also. You will apply practices for gathering, organising, interpreting and sharing data about what children know, can do and understand. Through the analysis of curriculum documents, you will identify opportunities for children’s acquisition of literacy and numeracy knowledge in meaningful and developmentally appropriate ways.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2021

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Attendance Requirements

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Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 50%
2. Presentation 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

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Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Analyse curriculum documents to identify opportunities for children’s acquisition of literacy and numeracy knowledge in meaningful and developmentally appropriate ways
  2. Research and apply strategies for gathering, organising, interpreting and sharing data about children’s learning with particular attention given to sharing information with important stakeholders (families)
  3. Research a range of early childhood teaching strategies/pedagogies and theories of play that support the intellectual, social, emotional and physical development and learning of young children
  4. Analyse the learning behaviour of children to document their strengths, needs, interests and capabilities and identify opportunities for learning
  5. Synthesise knowledge of child development, learning theory and contemporary research to recommend teaching strategies/pedagogies that are responsive to children’s stages of development and characteristics that affect their learning
  6. Justify pedagogical approaches and responsive adult-child interactions that support the learning of children from birth to eight years of age with reference to contemporary research literature
  7. Identify strategies to support inclusive student participation and engagement in classroom activities.

Learning outcomes and assessment in this unit provide opportunities for students to engage with content and practices in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Stage) focus areas of:

1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students
1.2 Understand how students learn
1.3 Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds
1.4 Strategies for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
1.5 Strategies to support full participation of students with disability
2.5 Literacy and numeracy strategies
3.3 Using teaching strategies
3.5 Use effective classroom communication
3.7 Engage parents/carers in the educative process
4.1 Support student participation
5.1 Assess student learning
5.4 Interpret student data
6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice
6.4 Apply professional learning and improve student learning

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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