TEAC 7037 Early Learning Environments

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102622

Coordinator Katina Dimoulias Opens in new window

Description This unit will support students to develop their philosophy, approach to and practice of teaching within the context of a rapidly changing and dynamic human global culture that has important cultural, social, historical and environmental dimensions. The unit explores theoretical perspectives and approaches, including indigenous perspectives, human/nature theories, socio-cultural considerations, inclusivity and place-based pedagogies that support learning and teaching in the curriculum areas of history, geography, civics and citizenship and sustainability for children in early childhood and primary school settings. Drawing on their understanding of theory students will examine key local and international policies and frameworks around risk, play and pedagogy. Through field and / or virtual visits to early childhood and community settings, students will have an opportunity to evaluate the relationship between physical environments and children's experience of place and everyday learning. Students will also design, plan and rationalise learning experiences that support children's investigation, discovery, problem solving and meaning making using man made and natural materials. A strong focus of this unit is for students to develop an understanding and appreciation for learning environments that promote a connection to place and sustainability.

School Education

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in 1783 Master of Teaching (Birth-5 Years/Birth-12 Years) or 1708 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth - 5 / Birth -12) or 6017 Diploma in Arts/Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth-5/Birth-12). Students in 1708 or 6017 must have passed 160 credit points before enrolling in this subject.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Discuss the relationship between sustainability education in early childhood and contemporary theories and philosophies of child / nature relationship, indigenous perspectives and play based pedagogies.
  2. Explain how pedagogical approaches support place based learning and connections in early learning environments.
  3. Analyse the role and impact that stimulating and engaging physical environments have for the whole development of the child.
  4. Analyse the impact of sociocultural and inclusive representations in physical environments on children�fs everyday lear

Subject Content

1. Introduction to theories of children in nature and outdoor learning through play
2. Changes to children?fs play and learning spaces over the last 40 years
3. Significance of space, place and time as lived experience and their influence on ever

Inherent Requirements

Students must meet the Inherent Requirements for the Master of Teaching (Birth – 5 Years / Birth -12 Years).

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Reflection 800 words 20 N Individual
Report 1,800 words 40 N Individual
Portfolio 1,800 words 40 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Little, H., Elliot, S., & Wyver, S. (2017) Outdoor Learning Environments: Spaces for Exploration, Discovery and Risk-Taking in the Early Years. Crows Nest: Allen & Unwin.

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 2

Bankstown

Day

Subject Contact Kumara Ward Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Parramatta - Victoria Rd

Day

Subject Contact Kumara Ward Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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