Full Title:Approaches to Early Childhood Education
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:EDUC N7004
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 2 - 2013/14 ( February 2014 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:The aim of this module is to introduce students to some key historical, philosophical and methodological early childhood education theory.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Summarise the work of the pioneering theorists and critique their individual contributions to contemporary early childhood care and education pedagogies
  2. Compare philosophies from the most utilised early childhood education methodologies
  3. Discuss the history and formation of early childhood education in Ireland
  4. Evaluate some theories of play
  5. Apply some principles of Aistear and Síolta to commonly used EC Education Programmes in Ireland

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Pioneers of Early Childhood Education
Exploration of key philosophies / theories
Early Childhood Education Methodologies
Examination of principles, Assessment of practice
Development of Early Childhood Sector in Ireland
International and National Influences, Support structures / Organisations
National Quality Programme _ Síolta
Development , Principles, Standards, Components of quality
Aistear - The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework
Principles of Early Learning and Development Aistear themes, Aims and Learning Goals
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Essay Written paper on an area relating to Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4,5 50.00 0 0 n/a 0
Presentation Oral Presentation relating to work of Pioneers 1 50.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

This course has no Full Time workload.
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Independent Study Student responsibility to organise and manage own study space and time and commitment to supplement classroom input with additional reading and interpretative reflection 7.60 Every Week 7.60
Directed Reading Students are guided to materials that provide additional relevant interpretation on topics covered in class and supplementary reading to enhance understanding. 3.80 Every Week 3.80
Lecture An oral presentation used to convey critical information (overview of the main themes, supporting development of understanding of the issues) to a full class group 1.50 Every Week 1.50
Practical Workshop 1.50 Every Third Week 0.50
Total Weekly Learner Workload 13.40
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
Recommended Book Resources
  • Andrews, M 2012, Exploring Play for Early Childhood Studies, Sage United Kingdom [ISBN: 13: 978-0-85725-685-0]
  • Moyles, J 2005, The excellence of play, (2nd Ed) Ed., McGraw-Hill International Great Britain [ISBN: 9780335217571]
  • Wood, E. 2012, Play, learning and the early childhood curriculum, 3rd Ed Ed., Sage Publishing. [ISBN: 0-7619-4174-6]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Heywood, C 2013, A history of childhood, John Wiley & Sons [ISBN: 745656811]
  • O' Connor, M 2012, The Development of Infant Education in Ireland, 1838-1948, Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Germany [ISBN: 978-3-0343-0142-8.]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
Other Resources
  • Website: www.montessoriireland.ie
  • Website: www.highscope.org
  • Website: www.siolta.ie
  • Website: www.earlychildhoodireland.ie
  • JOURNAL: An Leanbh Og, OMEP Ireland Journal of Early Childhood Studies
  • JOURNAL: The Journal of Early Childhood Research

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NNAEC_7 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Studies 1 Mandatory