Pre-service teachers will develop specialised knowledge of the philosophies, principles and practices of early childhood education in this postgraduate unit. Drawing on international theories, literature and documented practices, pre-service teachers will develop specialised theoretical and empirical knowledge of the pedagogical approaches of 'play' in early childhood education, programming and on curriculum issues confronting teachers of early childhood learners (zero to eight years of age). Pre-service teachers will also analyse and critically reflect on their application of knowledge of their responsiveness to the dynamic nature of curriculum, programming and play-based pedagogy in action. Pre-service teachers will strengthen their personal philosophy of early childhood education through the engagement with literature, and through their considerations of contextualised settings of early childhood education, focusing on individual needs, diversity and social justice.
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