Contemporary Perspectives of Learning and Development for Early Childhood

EDU10007 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online, Wantirna Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • On-campus: 12 hours Face to face + Blended Swinburne online - Nil

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22

More teaching periods
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

11 Jul 22 - 9 Oct 22

1 Nov 22

Last self enrolment:
24 Jul 22

5 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
26 Aug 22





Aims and objectives

In this unit pre-service teachers focus on traditional and contemporary approaches and perspectives in early childhood education, professional understandings about children and key cultural-historical issues affecting children and their families.
This provides them with the opportunity to acquire knowledge of diverse traditional and contemporary philosophical and pedagogical perspectives relevant to the early childhood profession (birth to eight years of age) and the capacity to use this knowledge to inform their professional judgments.

Unit Learning Outcomes: Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Identify and compare key perspectives that have contributed to current approaches to early childhood education.(birth to eight years of age)
2. Describe and compare the constructions of childhood across different cultural and historical contexts and explain how this impacts upon early childhood education (birth to eight years of age)
3. Reflect upon how the contemporary construct of the child as competent and capable has impacted upon current practice, policy and curriculum.
4. Consider teaching practice in light of past and present perspectives about children, childhood and education.

Courses with unit

BA-EDUEC Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
BA-EDUEC2 Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
BA-EDUPRI Bachelor of Education (Primary)
DP-EDU Diploma of Education Studies
BA-EDU Bachelor of Education
BA-EDUPRI1 Bachelor of Education (Primary)
AB-EDU Associate Degree of Education