School Of Education

Early Learning EnvironmentsWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 102622.3


Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 7

Credit Points: 10

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). Students in 1708 or 6017 must have passed 160 credit points before enrolling in this unit.

About this Unit
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.

Special Requirements - Legislative Pre-requisites

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
1783.4Master of Teaching (Birth - 5 Years/Birth - 12 Years)CONTINUING
1783.5Master of Teaching (Birth - 5 Years/Birth - 12 Years)CURRENT
1784.2Master of Teaching (Birth - 5 Years) (exit only)CONTINUING
1784.3Master of Teaching (Birth - 5 Years) (exit only)CURRENT
6017.2Diploma in Arts/Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth-5/Birth-12)CONTINUING
6017.3Diploma in Arts/Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth-5/Birth-12)CONTINUING
6017.4Diploma in Arts/Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth-5/Birth-12)CURRENT


M1125.1Education Studies (Birth - 5/Birth - 12)CURRENT

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