School Of Education

Early Learning EnvironmentsWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 102622.2


Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 7

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Katina Dimoulias

Unit Enrolment 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)

Teaching Periods
Nothing on offer.

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About this Unit
This unit engages students in researching the role of physical environments that support children’s learning in early childhood and community settings. Students will investigate the changing nature of indoor and outdoor spaces that support children’s learning. Theoretical perspectives, including indigenous perspectives, human/nature theories, socio-cultural influences, inclusion and place-based pedagogies will be referenced and applied in conjunction with relevant policy and regulation documents 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. Students will also plan, design and rationalise indoor and outdoor learning environments that support children’s investigation and discovery using natural and open-ended materials. The overall focus of this unit is for students to develop an understanding and appreciation for learning environments that promote a connection to place and sustainability.

Special Requirements - Legislative Pre-requisites

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

Special Requirements - Essential Equipment
Access to Internet; Students must complete Child Protection Awareness Training prior to commencing field visits.

1708.5Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth - 5/Birth - 12)CURRENT

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