ECE722 - Positioning Early Childhood Education and Care: the History and Philosophy


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in E661, E761
Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit. The time should be divided between self-paced online learning through the online unit site, on campus or online seminars, discussion forums, assessment tasks, placement, readings and study time.  

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 3-hour seminar per non-placement teaching week (approx. 8-9 weeks)

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 2-hour seminar and 1 x 1-hour meeting per non-placement teaching week (approx. 8-9 weeks)


This unit offers a comprehensive and critical examination of the historical and philosophical underpinnings of early childhood education both in global and Australian contexts. Students will research, interpret and critically evaluate historic and contemporary theories and concepts informing early childhood education. Topics include the image of the child, teacher identity, teaching, learning, curriculum development, ethical and regulatory practices.

Throughout the unit, students will critically analyse advancements in early childhood education, interpret their impact on practice, communities and children, and evaluate how they are reflected in curriculum and regulatory documents. By engaging in this learning process, students will gain an advanced ability to transfer specialised theoretical and practical knowledge into practice.

By undertaking this learning journey, students will gain an advanced understanding of the ongoing developments in early childhood education and their own role to engage in ongoing professional learning and promote contemporary practice and knowledge in their workplaces. 

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