Pre-service teachers will focus on the pedagogy and practice of teaching Humanities and Social Sciences in a variety of educational settings. By drawing on contemporary theory and practice, the unit will strengthen pre-service teachers' skills and ability to think critically, creatively and constructively through inquiry based pedagogies. Pre-service teachers will demonstrate their developing knowledge and understanding of the Australian National Curriculum for Humanities and Social Sciences. They will also develop an understanding and knowledge of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) Belonging, Being and Becoming which describes the principles, practices and outcomes that support and enhance young children's learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school. Pre-service teachers will apply this knowledge to the design and development of learning and teaching resources for early childhood and/or primary educational settings. Weekly reflection and discussion will act as a medium for critical and creative thinking to promote deeper thinking and consideration of issues that can arise in the teaching of Humanities and Social Sciences in the 21st Century context.
PRESCRIBED TEXT - MAKING HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES COME ALIVE: EARLY YEARS AND PRIMARY EDUCATION