EDE2101 Early Childhood Education Contexts
Pre-requisite: EDC1400 or EDU1010
Students must have successfully completed the entire previous year's professional experience courses in order to enrol in this course. Students must be available for a prescribed period of time to undertake a placement in a school or other approved site as required in this course. State law in Queensland (Australia) requires that all adults working/undertaking professional experience/researching with children under the age of 18, in the state of Queensland are required to possess a current suitability card (Blue Card). (See "Other Requirements" for further information.) Also see: http://www.usq.edu.au/education/profexp/bluecard.
This course presents an introduction to the theory and practice of developing effective learning environments for young children and their families. Students study the social ecology of childhood that underpins the emergence of children's voice and participation in contemporary learning communities. It also requires individuals to possess an understanding of local, national and international perspectives and the concomitant relationship that enables and constrains different philosophical and pedagogical approaches. A 15 day professional experience placement is attached to this course. NOTE: Minimum enrolment numbers apply to this offering. Should enrolments not reach the minimum number required for on-campus study, students may be transferred to the EXT or WEB offering and advised of this change before semester commences.