School Of Education

Theorising PlayWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 102104.3


Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 7

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Prathyusha Sanagavarapu

Equivalent Units
101647 Play development and learning

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Students must be enrolled in 1708 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth-5/Birth -12), 1671 Bachelor of Social Science (Pathway to Early Childhood Teaching) or 1783 Master of Teaching (Birth-5 Years/Birth-12 Years).

Teaching Periods
Nothing on offer.

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About this Unit
From 2020 students should note that core units are now taught in semesters rather than half yearly sessions. Play provides a foundation for children’s development, learning and wellbeing in the early years. An integral part of this unit will be the focus on inquiry, emphasising a critical approach to play and its pedagogical potential to facilitate children’s development and wellbeing. Various theoretical orientations will be considered in the study of play. Further, the unit provides guidelines to educators for implementing play based curriculum, an integral component of The Early Years Learning Framework as well as the Health and Physical Education curriculum in the school years. Students will apply their knowledge of theory and research to undertake a case study of a child and make recommendations for practice. Students must complete the WSU’s online Child Protection Awareness Training before undertaking the Case Study.

Special Requirements - Legislative Pre-requisites

Students are required to complete a Working with Children Check leading to the issuance of a clearance number under the category of volunteer. Students will need to i. Access the Office of the Children’s Guardian website and complete an online application form to generate an application number. ii. Present an application number and identification to a NSW Motor Registry or Government Access Centre prior to issuance by mail of a Working with Children Check number. iii. Email the letter with a valid Working with Children Check number to: enrolments@westernsydney.edu.au to facilitate processing of a school placement where the document is trimmed and recorded in Callista as a Special Requirement.

Students must also complete the online Child Protection Awareness Training prior to undertaking any visits/placements. Students who have not completed Child Protection Awareness Training will need to withdraw from the unit.

Students must complete the ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training and email their certificate to AnaphylaxisEc@westernsydney

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

1708.5Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth - 5/Birth - 12)CURRENT
1784.1Master of Teaching (Birth - 5 Years) (exit only)CONTINUING
6017.4Diploma in Arts/Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth-5/Birth-12)CURRENT

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