Teaching in the Early Years
Run by School of Educational Sciences
30.000 Credits or 15.000 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Mrs Hazel Jane Wordsworth
Overall aims and purpose
The overall purpose is to identify and critically examine the relationship between the child, the environment of the classroom or setting, and the adult in the Early Years age range (3-7 years). The specific aims are: 1. To explore the broad theoretical background to the Foundation Phase in Wales and the Foundation Stage in England from a Welsh and UK perspective. 2. To explore and reflect on Early Years practice from an international perspective. 3. To enable students to develop an appreciation of the influences that shape current Early Years practice. 4. To provide the necessary knowledge that will enable students to analyse, critically evaluate, and reflect on teaching and learning in the Early Years.
A satisfactory demonstration of the learning outcomes.
Showing insight, sustained and relevant chain of argument, good illustration with the basis of evidence acknowledged, and with some distinction.
Outstanding in power of analysis, argument, range of information, and organisational and stylistic quality.
Successful students will be able to 1. reflect critically on recent and current developments in the Early Years curriculum and on the influences that have moulded its conception and content; 2. reflect critically on effective practice in the Early Years from a UK and international perspective; 3. analyse how aspects of recent and current developments in Early Years theory and practice impact on classroom delivery; 4. evaluate the role of adults in an Early Years setting; 5. analyse the relationships between the child's desires and interests, the environment within the classroom or setting, and the adult's contributions to children's learning.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
20 hours lectures 10 hours of seminars The delivery of the module follows the normal MA weekend format. Lectures and Seminars take place during the usual 5 teaching weekends.