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ECE301 - Understanding Early Childhood Education and Learning Environments

Unit details

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Year2014 unit information
Offering information:

*Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Warrnambool offered in intensive mode

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1 2014 Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)*, Warrnambool*

Credit point(s):.75
EFTSL value:0.094
Cohort rule:(For students enrolled in courses E420 and E421 only)
Unit chair:A Morrissey


Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

The Early Childhood Course at Burwood (City Program) requires the students to attend on a weekly basis i.e. Full-time students attend on a Thursday and Friday throughout the trimester, and Part-time students attend on a Friday throughout the trimester. The students undertaking the Rural Program out of Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Warrnambool undertake the majority of their studies via Cloud (online) but attend Intensives 3 times a trimester for 2 days (Full-time students) and 1 day (Part-time students).


Drawing upon theories relating to early childhood education, child development and the relationship between the environment and child learning, this unit explores the key characteristics of creative, supportive and responsive learning environments. Through the unit students will acquire skills to support the design, construction and management of diverse indoor and outdoor learning environments that are able to respond to the specific needs of diverse individual learners, and their families.


Task 1: Reflective observation tasks of specific early childhood learning environments (Two assessments 15% and 15%).

Task 2: (Two assessments 30% and 40%)

  • Presentation on a learning environment designed and/or constructed by the student with accompanying analysis of its goals and key characteristics and feedback from staff, families and children regarding the environment;
  • Review and evaluate the outcomes of a series of programming and/or teaching-learning activities across the Trimester in their placement or other professional setting;
  • An ongoing self-assessment of students own beliefs in relation to key theoretical perspectives and the learning and teaching environment, as well as a critical review of the impact this has on different learning environments highlighting key features (including strengths and weaknesses) and their capacity to respond to diverse learners.

Assessment will total 4000 words or equivalent.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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