Overview

This unit will draw on the research evidence that reveals exposure to natural environments develops children’s understandings and experiences that will have a long term impact on the quality of children’s lives, particularly in relation to their physical health, motor skill development, emotional wellbeing and ‘character capabilities’ such as self-regulation, empathy, creativity, and innovation, and their capacity to be successful learners. Pre-service teachers will be supported to use their senses, to explore, to be creative and to (re)discover how to learn in, with and through nature, in order that they will be build capacity on how plan through policy, programming and pedagogy the means to introduce natural learning as central to an early childhood program.

Requisites

Prerequisites
EDU20053 Curriculum Planning and Assessment: Practicum 2

AND

250 credit points

Teaching periods
Location
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 1
Location
Hawthorn
Start and end dates
26-February-2024
26-May-2024
Last self-enrolment date
10-March-2024
Census date
31-March-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
12-April-2024
Results released date
02-July-2024
Teaching Period 1
Location
Online
Start and end dates
11-March-2024
09-June-2024
Last self-enrolment date
24-March-2024
Census date
05-April-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
26-April-2024
Results released date
02-July-2024
Teaching Period 3
Location
Online
Start and end dates
04-November-2024
09-February-2025
Last self-enrolment date
17-November-2024
Census date
29-November-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
27-December-2024
Results released date
04-March-2025

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Anlayse holistic natural learning philosophies
  • Explore and explain holistic natural learning methodologies
  • Critically evaluate regulatory requirements versus natural learning pedagogies
  • Create and justify a holistic natural learning program

Teaching methods

Swinburne Online

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Online
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
12.50 12 weeks 150
TOTAL150

Hawthorn

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Live Online
Lecture
1.00 12 weeks 12
On-campus
Class
2.00 12 weeks 24
Specified Activities
Various
4.00 12 weeks 48
Unspecified Activities
Various
5.50 12 weeks 66
TOTAL150

Assessment

Type Task Weighting ULO's
Placement PortfolioIndividual 50% 1,2 
PortfolioIndividual 50% 3,4 

Content

  • Philosophies of learning and playing in, with and through nature
  • Methodologies of learning and playing in, with and through nature
  • Contemporary research: Nature Play, Bush kinder and Forest schools
  • Relationships with and in spaces
  • Relationships with and in nature
  • Human and non-human animals learning together
  • Developing nature play policies
  • Excursions and incursions
  • Choosing a site
  • Risk assessments 
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Sensory learning
  • Risk taking
  • Natural play pedagogies
  • Outdoor learning
  • Natural resources and materials

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.