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EDEC2008: Professional Communication

2024 unit information

Quality early childhood education requires teachers to develop strong relationships with children, families, colleagues, and professional and community stakeholders. Integral to the building and maintaining of such relationships is effective interpersonal and workplace communication. Communicating with others, and with a diversity of individuals and groups within and external to the early childhood setting, requires proficiency in skills that include active listening, showing empathy, interviewing, managing conflict, managing change, and working in teams. The unit's focus on developing these skills within a theorising of professional, workplace and inter-personal communication will support students' capacity to practice as intentional and effective communicators in complex and dynamic teaching environments.

Unit details and rules

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Code EDEC2008
Academic unit Education
Credit points 6
72 credit points including EDEC2006

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. explain the interconnectedness of effective communication and the provision of quality early childhood education
  • LO2. identify theoretical and conceptual approaches to interpersonal, inter-cultural, and workplace communication
  • LO3. proficiently apply a range of interpersonal and workplace communication skills, including engaging others, interviewing, managing conflict, managing change, leading effective meetings and working in teams
  • LO4. critically reflect on your values, beliefs, knowledge, skills and personal wellbeing as facilitators and barriers to effective professional communication
  • LO5. communicate confidently and proficiently with a diversity of children, parents, colleagues and other stakeholders.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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