Option A: Critical Media Analysis
Research and select approximately 8 Canadian news stories about early childhood education and care (ECEC) published within the last 2 years and critically analyze the ways children, childhood, early childhood educators, and early childhood education are depicted, with particular focus on children’s rights and responsibilities. The articles you choose must be from credible Canadian news sources, either local or national. Click here for information Links to an external site. that will guide you in your evaluation of information sources. As you research, consider the ways the information or narratives presented in your selected articles speak to key issues of the UNCRC and ECEC. Thinking with the BC and FN Early Learning Framework, what is the image of the child that is enlivened by the story presented? The image of the educator? Of ECEC systems in general?Drawing on your critical analysis of the articles, write an 6-8 page paper discussing the depictions of children and childhood in the Canadian news media. Ensure direct links are made between the articles and the UNCRC on the rights of children and your chosen articles, drawing on the principles of the British Columbia Early Learning Framework, the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework Links to an external site., the ECBC Code of Ethics and other related readings in your modules.
The paper must be grounded in the course material, include examples to support the course concepts, and include references to course readings and other related literature that you have independently researched.
Examples of appropriate news sources to draw from could be CBC News Links to an external site., The Globe and Mail Links to an external site., The Conversation, Links to an external site. or The National Post. Links to an external site. Please contact your Instructor for further guidance or clarification.
For Options A or B
- Check with the instructor regarding the topic/books or references proposed
- Please ensure that your thoughts are organized clearly and concisely
- Employ Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri font, size 12, double spacing, first line indent for paragraphsand hanging indents for references following American Psychological Association (APA 7th) formatting
- UBC Library has REFWORKS for all students for free (https://guides.library.ubc.ca/refworksLinks to an external site.) – Do make use of this excellent database for your references!
Please note: In all assignments and discussion board posts, it is expected that the ‘person first’ language is employed. For example: “I observed” “One would consider” in contrast to “it is observed” or “you would consider.” Simultaneously, descriptive vs. labelling language is also required: a child with autism vs. an autistic child.Additional Resources