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ECE350 - Transition Case Study

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool

Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool

Credit point(s):2
EFTSL value:0.250
Unit chair:J Mousley



Students must be enrolled in course E330 or E359

Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Burwood: 1 x 2 hour Class per week, 1 x 4 hour Seminar per week.

Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool: Students are required to attend 3 x 6 hour intensives.


Learning experiences are also via CloudDeakin.


This unit explores research-based and experience-based issues in transition from childcare or kindergarten to school. Reading, discussions, interviews with parents, interviews with teachers at various early childhood levels, and on-line presentations by specialists will be used to identify key elements for individual case studies. Training in ethical considerations and methods of data collection are also undertaken. Students will contribute to an annotated bibliography and present an oral case study proposal to a to peer-professional panel. They will then undertake and submit a literature review and a case study of a child making a transition between levels of early childhood education. An open book exam will focus on how early childhood teachers can cater for individual differences and cultures in the transition process.

Topics covered:

  • the Early Years Framework,
  • the Early Years Transition Statements,
  • the roles of a PSFO,
  • transition programs,
  • early childhood teacher responsibilities during the transition process,
  • the format of formal research reports,
  • annotated bibliographies,
  • referencing and citation,
  • using data bases and on-line journals,
  • writing a literature review,
  • case study methodology,
  • ethical procedures,
  • preparing interview questions,
  • presentation of findings, and
  • writing an abstract.


Annotated bibliography 15%
Three issues 5%
Oral case study progress report 10%
Literature summary 20%
Individual case study report 50%

Assessment will total 8000 words or equivalent (2 credit points)

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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