ECE735 - Children's Ecological Positioning: Seeing Children in Family and Community Contexts


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Enrolments close on 16 February^ 

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

This unit is only available to students enrolled in E661 or E761

Corequisite: ECE781
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.

In Person Attendance Requirements 
Students who are completing professional experience (placements) are not required to attend classes or scheduled synchronous sessions during the placement.

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).

In-person attendance requirements

^Professional Experience

Pre-service Teachers will also be required to attend 20-days of Professional Experience in an Early Childhood education service.

  • Trimester 1 enrolments for this unit close on 16 February

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This unit will develop students’ knowledge of the ecological positioning of children within families, communities and society. Students will critically examine theoretical perspectives of families, contexts, partnerships, diversity and inclusion, and analyse how these can be used to develop and maintain effective partnerships, transitions and culturally responsive pedagogies that maximise children’s opportunities for learning.

Approaches to partnerships, transitions and cultural competencies will be deconstructed and critically analysed to develop students’ advanced knowledge of the role of the teacher in leading collaborative practices that respond to individual and community needs. Critical issues in working with children, families and communities will be researched and critically evaluated, such as biases, communication, values and children’s rights. 

Students will incorporate critical self-reflection and synthesise and apply knowledge during a 20-day professional placement experience.

Hurdle requirement

Professional Experience
Professional Experience for Preservice Teachers enrolled in School of Education courses, the Professional Experience component is assessed primarily by the site-based teacher (Mentor) who advises the Unit Chair. Satisfactory completion of the professional experience placement is required to pass this unit.

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