Course Note

Topics: Childhood, Early childhood education, Study skills Pages: 14 (2638 words) Published: April 3, 2013
ECST 110 Early Childhood Studies 1


PART (a)



PART (a)

This Study Guide is designed to accompany the Unit Outline for ECST 110. It will lead you through the texts for the unit and help you engage with the required readings. Part 1 contains material for the first three weeks of study and the tasks to be completed for the Workbook Assignment due 23rd August. Not all tasks have to be submitted – only those identified with a border are part of the assignment. However, you may submit all your responses if you wish.

Study Guide Philosophy
Educators believe that “active” reading results in far more effective learning than “passive reading” where the reader simply scans the page. Active reading involves searching for specific information, reviewing and reflecting on key paragraphs and taking notes. Therefore, this Study Guide has been set up with tasks to engage you in your reading and to help you relate your reading to your workplace.

Each topic in the Study Guide is based on your weekly reading. You should try to keep up with the schedule of readings and complete the tasks each week. The THINK and WRITE tasks are usually taken from the texts.

Most of the readings are followed by questions to guide your thinking about the teaching technique. A couple of ideas from each chapter have been selected for you to think about. You should take the opportunity to pause in your work and reflect on the question.

These tasks designed to assist you in understanding the concepts in each topic. You should record your answers in your Workbook for ECST 110. You are not required to submit all the tasks for assessment, but you are on your honour to make a genuine attempt to engage with the tasks and learn more about how to be the best early childhood teacher you can be.

Later on in the unit, some tasks have been nominated for discussion on the ECST 110 ilearn website. In the spirit of collaborative learning everyone is expected to make a contribution to these discussions. If we believe that children learn important knowledge and skills from each other through the social construction of knowledge, then this concept can also be applied to our shared learning through the website.


An introduction to ECST 110

Week 1: Beginning July 30

Assignment reminder
Assignment 1 is due Thursday 23rd August. You are also due to submit the Workbook Assignment (a) on Thursday 23rd August which will include the identified Study Tasks from Weeks 1-3 which are here in Study Guide Part A. You should begin your work for these assignments this week. You should spend about 4 hours on your study tasks for this unit this week, and one or two hours on your first assignment.

Studying this week
Listen to Lecture 1: Introduction to ECST 110
You should have your ECST 110 unit outline and study guide close by when you listen to the lecture. Note any questions or points of clarification that you’d like to raise during tutorial sessions or at the on-campus session.

The following readings are set for this week:
(1) MacNaughton and Williams (2009) Introduction.
(2) MacNaughton and Williams (2009) Chapter 1: Positioning equipment and materials. (3) Arthur et al. (2012) Chapter 1
(4) Grellier & Goerke (2010) chapter 1 and 2. (This may be a revision reading for you)



MacNaughton and Williams (2009) Introduction

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