Full Title:Early Education: Practical Pedagogies (WORK BASED)
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:EDUC N7007
Credits: 10
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 core pedagogical practices in early childhood settings and develop skills to support young children and babies appropriately in their learning journey
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Discuss the nature and role of play in supporting young children's holistic learning and development
  2. Examine the role of the educator in supporting young children's holistic learning and development
  3. Understand appropriate strategies for inclusion of parents and families
  4. Apply principles of early learning and development to pedagogical practices using Aistear and Siolta as core resources
  5. Create enabling pedagogical plans to support appropriate learning experiences

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Role of Play
Types, Stages, Developmental value, Embedding Aistear
Role of the Educator
Pedagogical techniques and strategies: observing, facilitating, scaffolding, questioning, demonstrating, responding, discussing, encouraging and reviewing. Providing a nurturing environment, positioning, enabling. Developing skills of reflection and reflective practice
Supporting Parental & Community Engagement
Ecological systems theory, Barriers to participation, Practices to promote involvement, Including fathers, Methods of involvement, Building trusting relationships
Principles of Early Learning and Development
Aistear - The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework, an Exploration of Principles. Children's Lives, Children's Connections with Others, How children Learn and Develop
Planning Pedagogical Experiences
The Planning Cycle, The Process, Principles, Planning for possibilities, Learning Opportunites, Appropriate objectives, accommodating interest, approaches and cognitive challenge
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
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 10.00 Every Week 10.00
Directed Reading Students are guided to materials that provide additional relevant interpretation on topics covered in class and supplementary reading to enhance understanding 5.00 Every Week 5.00
Lecture Mix of oral presentation, DVD clips, discussion and small group work used to convey critical information (overview of the main themes, supporting development of understanding of the issues) to a full class group 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Practical Workshop 2.00 Every Third Week 0.67
Total Weekly Learner Workload 17.67
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.67
Recommended Book Resources
  • NCCA 2009, Aistear_ The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment Dublin
  • McGonagle, A. 2012, Professional Pedagogy for Early Childhood Education, Donegal County Childcare Committee [ISBN: 978-1-907235-05-4]
  • Andrews, M. 2012, Exploring Play for Early Childhood Studies, SAGE Publications Ltd London [ISBN: 13: 978-0-85725-685-0]
  • M. Mhic Mhathuna & M. Taylor 2012, Early Childhood Education and Care _ An Introduction for Students in Ireland, Gill & Macmillan Dublin [ISBN: ISBN:9780717153244]
  • Shirley Allen, Mary E. Whalley 2010, Supporting Pedagogy and Practice in Early Years Settings, Learning Matters Ltd. UK [ISBN: 978-1-84445-465-5]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Lesley Abbott and Rosemary Rodger 1997, Quality education in the early years, (3rd) Ed., Open University Press, Buckingham [England] [ISBN: 0-335-19230-0]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Website: www.ncca.ie
  • Website: www.cecde.ie
  • Website: www.bccn.ie
  • Website: www.louthchildcare.ie
  • Journal: International Journal of Play
  • Link: Library Catalogue

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NNAEC_7 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Studies 2 Mandatory