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ED3090 - Humanities and Social Sciences Education for Early Childhood

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

External offering available only to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)

This subject seeks to develop in students the critical faculties and teaching methods to support an ethically grounded, socially just and inquiry focused humanities pedagogy. As a subject well positioned to support inquiry into the historical, geographic and political contexts of communities across Australia and beyond, this subject will support pre-service teacher competencies around critical pedagogy development, assessment design to support just and ethical ends and curriculum implementation tailored to questioning the meanings and consequences of history, geography and politics in everyday life. Particular attention will be paid to supporting the development of pedagogical skills and strategies that support pre-service teachers in their classrooms that foster (a) a critical orientation to the world and; (b) inquiry based approaches to learning about the past, present and future.

Learning Outcomes

  • further develop knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, and diverse knowledge systems, cultures and histories;
  • articulate an understanding of and analyse different pedagogical models, sources of knowledge, theoretical orientations and strategies to support early childhood HASS teaching and learning;
  • apply understanding of curriculum, play based and inquiry learning in the humanities and social sciences and assessment frameworks in order to plan intellectually challenging and worthwhile inquiries;
  • synthesize and apply understandings of the Early Years Learning Framework and Australian Professional Standards for Teachers;
  • demonstrate understanding of the humanities and social sciences as a learning area instrumental in scaffolding young learners capacity to be active and informed citizens with strong identities in changing communities.
This subject has been designed on the assumption that students: can effectively navigate through LearnJCU; are competent at planning at the level of lesson plans; have well developed research skills that will enable them to research topics within humanities and social science education
Prerequisites: 6 credit points of level 2 ED subjects or ADM to course code 38110
ED3001 ED3101


JCU Singapore, Study Period 52, Internal
Census Date 08-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Dr Louise Phillips
Lecturer: Ms Siti Amasha.
Assessment: resource presentation (10%); in-class test (45 minutes) (15%); hss inquiry unit part a: group component (40%); hss inquiry unit part b: individual component (35%).

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coord/Lect: Dr Bryan Smith.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 13 hours - workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: hass debate (30%); consultation and planning (50%); resource critique (20%).

Study Period 2, External
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coord/Lect: Dr Bryan Smith.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: hass debate (30%); consultation and planning (50%); resource critique (20%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.