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Critical Reflection in Early Childhood Education (10176.2)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Education


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This unit will introduce critical reflection as a pedagogical strategy. During the semester students will critically reflect on pedagogical practices used in early childhood education. Students will consider some of the historical and contemporary theories and debates that inform the provision of early childhood education in Australia and the dominant practices that define early years' education. Changing cultural paradigms, public reforms and policy changes will also be examined. This unit adopts a particular focus on the critical reflections made as students interact with educators working with young children enrolled at Wiradjuri Preschool and Child Care Centre, University of Canberra. Students will be supported to think critically about early childhood pedagogies, especially in regard to inclusive practices. Foremost of these will be a focus on Reconciliation. Students will critically reflect upon the everyday practices routinely performed in the early learning setting and then draw upon these to contemplate a rationale for best practice.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge required by educators to critically reflect, from multiple contemporary perspectives, on pedagogical practices and their impact on children's learning and development;

2. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to identify Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety issues in the workplace, model cultural safety in own work practice, and develop strategies to enhance cultural safety; and

3. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to design an outline of practice in which discrete pedagogical features are discussed and explained.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

3 hours per week, consisting of workshops and 40 hours of placement at Wiradjuri Preschool and Child Care Centre.


Must have passed the following units: Infant and Toddler Education, 10169; Pedagogy of Relationships in Early Childhood Education, 10170; Health and Wellbeing in Early Education, 10171 and Regulatory Frameworks in Early Childhood Education, 10172.



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