University of Canberra
Master of Educational Leadership in Early Childhood
The Master of Educational Leadership in Early Childhood consists of 8 three-point units to a total of 24 points . It will require 2 years (standard four semesters) of part-time study. The programme will be delivered in bilingual mode (English and Cantonese). Each unit will be flexibly delivered equivalent of 39 hours, including introductory face-to-face seminars and guided online teaching and learning tasks in English by UC lecturers; and tutorials and/or workshops in English and Cantonese by HKBU-SCE teaching staff.
7692 Educational Policy and Planning
This unit explores key influences and concepts underlying contemporary educational policy in domains such as schooling, vocational training, higher education and educational research. It pays particular attention to the economic and social assumptions that inform policy making from a range of levels; international, national and local and policy history in areas such as gender issues, Aboriginal education, literacy, multiculturalism and training reform. Students will be expected to develop critical analytical frameworks to examine policy matters through concepts of power, participation, conflict and accountability.
7694 Education Futures and ICT
This unit explores the concept of educational futures in Australian, International and virtual educational contexts and the critical emergent issues that affect leaders and learners in various education sectors. The unit enables students to analyse the impact of information and communication technologies (ICT) on educational practices in different kinds of educational organizations in local, national and global environments and analyse key elements that are involved in the effective use of ICT in specific educational settings.
7696 Leadership in Learning Organisations
This unit explores leadership and management roles within a variety of learning organisations. Students are encouraged to develop understandings of concepts such as leadership, learning cultures and organisational development. Global issues concerning Government, educational institutions and the community are identified and students are encouraged to explore their implications for leadership and management. Micro-level issues in particular organisations are also explored and students are expected to analyse and develop interventions in work with which they are familiar.
7754 Educational Effectiveness and Evaluation
This unit explores the concepts of personal, team and organisational effectiveness in a range of settings. Planning, implementation and evaluation are key strategies to examine the performance of individuals, teams and organisations. Students will examine critically the effectiveness and evaluation literature as it has developed in diverse educational settings including the public and private sectors. There will be opportunity to develop concepts and evaluation strategies for both public and private organisations. Attention is focused on the nature of evaluation as a research tool, the key steps and processes to be used by evaluators, the various types of evaluation and the ethical standards for practitioners. There will be opportunities for students to link the theories of effectiveness and evaluation to applied settings.
8209 Diverse Curriculum Approaches
This unit will explore the spectrum of early childhood curriculum approaches interpreted and practised in the ACT. The current ACT early childhood curriculum framework will be closely studied, and attention will be given to the role of early childhood educators in promoting social inclusion and social justice within this framework. Students will study curriculum approaches which use worlds best practice, including sociocultural approaches to curriculum and assessment, Montessori curriculum, Steiner curriculum and Te Whariki, New Zealands national bi-cultural curriculum, place-based curriculum and anti-bias curriculum. Students will be familiarised with ACT early learning centres and early childhood schools which have engaged these different approaches, and undertake a case study of a particular curriculum approach, its philosophical underpinnings and its adaptation to the ACT Curriculum Framework.
8210 Pedagogies of Play
This unit will focus upon how learning is achieved through play, with a special emphasis on relationships (human and environmental) and creativity. It will draw upon international research related to brain development, as well as studies of children's social and cultural lives to explore pedagogies of play, relationships and creativity. Current Australian curriculum and policy developments such as the ACT Every Chance to Learn framework and the National Early Years Learning Framework will be examined to extract references to play, relationships and creativity pedagogies. This will allow students to appreciate how policy documents draw upon theories of early childhood learning. Students will construct a short program me that works within the current ACT curriculum framework as well as being informed by pedagogies of play, relationships and creativity.
8212 Theories of Childhood
This unit will provide a critical overview of the major twentieth century theories of childhood. It will look at the ways in which social, cultural and historical contexts produce understandings and theories of childhood, and how these in turn shape early childhood education. Theories of child development as well as humanistic psychology theories of childhood will be critically appraised. Students will identify and evaluate the pedagogical effects of these theories in early childhood settings. Students will also be introduced to recent cross-disciplinary re-conceptualisations of childhood. These will be considered in relation to globalization and twentieth first century culture and society. Students will examine contemporary popular culture representations of children and identify the theories and understandings of childhood that underpin them.
8214 Contexts of Early Childhood Education
This unit will provide historical context to the provision of early childhood education in Australia . It will draw connections between the provision of early childhood education and care and broader international and Australian social movements. The policy shifts that have culminated in current early childhood education policies and priorities will be investigated and critiqued in relation to international trends and national political agendas. Particular attention will be paid to the changing role of early childhood professionals, and the recent emphasis on social inclusion, diversity and Reconciliation in early childhood. Students will consider the role that early childhood professionals can play in redressing social disparities and cultural marginalisation, paying particular attention to Indigenous children and their families and communities.