No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2016

EER412 Issues in Early Childhood Education (8)


This subject provides students with opportunities to critically examine current issues in the care and education of young children from local and global perspectives.  International, national and local aspects of early childhood policy, practice and professionalism will be considered. Students will explore one issue in depth through a review of research and/or their own practical experience. Issues such as social justice and equity, quality and related public policy are examined through a socio-ecological approach. The role of educators as advocates with and for children and families will be explored through various modes, e.g. writing for an early childhood publication.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Teacher Education

Enrolment restrictions

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies or as approved by the Course Coordinator.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • understand current and seminal issues affecting early childhood education and care services, children, families, educators and communities drawing on research and their own professional experiences;
  • identify common themes across issues by exploring underlying values, understandings and contextual influences;
  • locate, draw on, articulate and review research into aspects of high quality services and programs for children and their families as published locally and globally;
  • understand early childhood education in international, national and local contexts (including for example, urban, rural, indigenous and remote contexts);
  • critically analyse current government and legislative policies: local and global pertaining to the education and care of young children and their families;
  • demonstrate the contributions they can make as early childhood educators through advocacy on issues related to societies’ roles and responsibilities to support children and families as participatory citizens in society; and
  • identify appropriate professional publications to target for sharing knowledge and experiences.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Problem-based approaches to guide inquiry into contemporary and seminal issues in early childhood education, including children’s rights.
  • Societal values and assumptions influencing early childhood education, e.g. the care-education dichotomy.
  • Policy, practice and research related to the profession of early childhood.
  • Educators and children as researchers and advocates.
  • Processes of writing and submitting a manuscript for publication about an early childhood education issue as a form of advocacy.

Specialised Resources

For this subject students require a laptop computer and/or appropriate mobile device.  


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.