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EDUF3136: Research with Young Children

Contemporary educational paradigms and pedagogies advocate theories of learning that conceptualise education as a process of participatory research, where children are active agents and teachers are facilitators and co-constructers of meaning. As such, it is critical that teachers are well versed in child-focused research. This unit investigates the ways teachers can engage in and critique ethical and political research with children birth - eight years. Underpinned by social justice principles of participation, inclusion and equality, this unit aims to provide students with knowledge about a) critical research theories; b) participatory methods, instruments and processes for researching with young children; c) ethical considerations in conducting research with diverse and/or marginalised children; d) research as a mechanism for social justice and social change in early childhood education, that is, the role of teachers as researchers in informing public policy, advocacy and activism; and e) research as an evaluative toolkit for reflection, accountability, and sustainable early childhood teaching.

Code EDUF3136
Academic unit Education
Credit points 6
48 credit points

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

  • LO1. demonstrate an appreciation of the philosophy and ethical considerations involved in researching ‘with’ rather than ‘on’ young children
  • LO2. articulate and apply the paradigmatic foundations of qualitative and quantitative research, and the implications of each for undertaking research that involves children
  • LO3. design and implement teacher-led research with children from diverse backgrounds using strategies that uphold the rights of the child and actively seek to listen to children
  • LO4. conduct research designed to inform the development of socially just curriculum and teaching practice
  • LO5. critically reflect on the role of teacher as researcher
  • LO6. critique research claims from a critical, social justice perspective
  • LO7. advocate for young children through the dissemination of research findings.

Unit outlines

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