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Images of childhood

This assignment requires you to draw on your learning in relation to ‘images of childhood’ and contemporary approaches to early childhood education, and respond to a statement in the form of an expository essay.

 

2000-word expository essay in response to the following statement:

‘… our image of the child is rich in potential, strong, powerful, competent and most of all, connected to adults and other children’ (Malaguzzi as cited in Dahlberg, Moss, & Pence, 2007, p. 48).

 

Your essay should include the following:

  1. An introductionwhere you introduce the statement, state what you intend to cover in the essay, provide the information the reader will need to understand the topic and state how you will explore the statement, supported with evidence, in your body paragraphs.
  2. A body where you outline how socio-cultural constructions of the image of the child have impacted on early childhood education in the past:
    • Outline how socio-cultural constructions of the image of the child have impacted on early childhood education in the past.
    • Identify and comparekey perspectives and approaches explored in the unit learning materials that complement and contradict this statement. For instance: Montessori and Reggio Emilia, Froebel, Steiner. 
    • Discussand reflect on how the contemporary image of the child presented in the essay statement might impact on teaching and learning in early childhood education.
  3. A conclusion where you summarise the key points of your essay, provide the reader an overview of the main ideas you discussed and highlight the progression of your thought process.
  4. A reference list in APA style.

You must use academic literature to support your discussion.

While you will undoubtedly have personal views on this issue, this assignment requires you to define and explain from an informed perspective. With that in mind, you should refer to the ideas of others to help construct, support and validate your explanation, and illustrate your discussion through reference to this academic literature.

Your essay must be written in third person and must clearly compare and contrast the perspectives and approaches to the quote. Aim to regularly relate your writing back to the implications this has for teaching and learning. Ensure you are clear about the differences between writing descriptively and writing analytically. 

As you will be using evidence from the literature to support your arguments, you will need to ensure that you cite it according to APA referencing conventions.

 

  1. Demonstrated understanding of key perspectives and how they have contributed to contemporary approaches to early childhood education.
  2. Depth and breadth of discussion including how the ‘image of the child’ impacts on teaching and learning.
  3. Academic expression.

Your work will be assessed using the following marking guide:

Assignment 2 marking guide

Grade descriptor

Standards statements

Credit [C 60–69%]

To be awarded a Credit for this task, the work must fulfil the requirements of the Pass grade but at a higher standard, as described by the standards statements. 

·         Identifies influential perspectives and includes a sound discussion of their contribution to contemporary approaches to education.

·         Demonstrates a developing understanding of the implications of the ‘image of the child’ for approaches to teaching and learning.

·         Has a clear structure and demonstrates a sound capacity to organise and structure ideas, within and across paragraphs.

·         Uses a range of current and relevant literature to support the essay.

·         Includes academic writing that is generally free from spelling and grammatical errors.

·         Demonstrates a developing capacity to use correct citation where work is not the author’s original work.

Distinction [D 70–79%]

To be awarded a Distinction for this task, the work must fulfil the requirements of the Credit grade but at a higher standard, as described by the standards statements. 

·         A comparison of influential perspectives for their contribution to contemporary approaches to education.

·         Demonstration of a sound understanding of the implications of the ‘image of the child’ for approaches to teaching and learning.

·         High level engagement with the learning materials.

·         High quality of writing where each paragraph builds on the one before and leads to a logical, reasoned conclusion drawn from sound evidence, which is clearly integrated into the body of the essay.

·         Effective integration of literature to support claims made within the essay.

·         Careful editing and proofreading—any errors in spelling, referencing and grammatical construction do not detract from the quality of the submission.

 

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