Course Title: Belonging Early Years: Introduction

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Belonging Early Years: Introduction

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

TCHE2683

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020

TCHE2683

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

TCHE2683

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

PGRDFlex21 (FF),

PGRDFlex21 (ONL),

PGRDFlex21 (FF2),

PGRDFlex21 (ONL2),

PGRDFlex21 (All)

Course Coordinator: Julie Carmel

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7804

Course Coordinator Email: julie.carmel@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora

Course Coordinator Availability: By email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

In this course you will be introduced to the discipline of early childhood education. You will develop an understanding of what it means for effective learning to ‘belong’ based on curriculum principles. You will become familiar with key documents that guide professional practice (e.g. National Early Years Learning Framework EYLF, accreditation standards, quality standards, the United Nations Rights of the Child and the Early Childhood Code of Ethics) and apply these in a real-life and virtual context. You will develop an understanding of how belonging impacts on learning for infants, toddlers and young children.

This course is offered over the first six weeks of semester as an intensive.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Critically reflect on and apply effective pedagogical and assessment approaches that enable infants, toddlers, and young children’s ‘belonging, being and becoming’ as curriculum partners
  • Apply a philosophical lens and critically interrogate historical and contemporary perspectives concerning local and global Early Childhood Education practice, policy and pedagogy, inclusive of indigenous narratives
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively and ethically with diverse communities and external stakeholders in the best interests of young learners


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Use the EYLF and associated principles to identify effective pedagogies concerning the well-being of infants, toddlers and young-children and related practices concerning physical and emotional safety, health, and positive relationships with people, places and things, across culture(s) that are inclusive of indigenous narratives
  2. Observe and analyse children at play, using early childhood frameworks to identify the holistic nature of learning and assessment for infants, toddlers and young children
  3. Identify and align key guiding documents in early childhood education, its history, status and philosophical/theoretical orientations for practice
  4. Identify effective routines as curriculum and use safe practices in working with infants across local and international contexts


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities which may include workshops, video-based observations, online activities, and virtual reality encounters.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

There are services and resources available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the RMIT student website. 


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. In order to pass the course, you are required to receive a satisfactory assessment on your professional experience, in accordance with expectations outlined in the PX Handbook for the course. If you fail to meet this requirement, for reasons other than those approved by special considerations, you will not pass the course. If granted Special Consideration, you may become eligible to complete alternative professional experience to pass the course.

Assessment Task 1: Bundyi Girri (Womin Djeka) Microcredential (5%)
Linked Course Learning Outcomes: 1, 3

Assessment Task 2: Observations of Infants, Toddlers and Young Children in education contexts (45%)
Linked Course Learning Outcomes: 2, 3

Task 3: Emotional Intelligence Plan  (50%)
Linked to Learning Outcomes: 1, 4 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equity Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.