Module Details

Module Code: EDUC N7004
Full Title Approaches to Early Childhood Education
Valid From: Semester 2 - 2013/14 ( February 2014 )
Language of Instruction:English
Duration: 1 Semester
Credits: 7.5
Module Owner: Mary McSkeane
Departments: Unknown
Module Description: The aim of this module is to introduce students to some key historical, philosophical and methodological early childhood education theory.
Module Learning Outcome
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Module Learning Outcome Description
MLO1 Summarise the work of the pioneering theorists and critique their individual contributions to contemporary early childhood care and education pedagogies
MLO2 Compare philosophies from the most utilised early childhood education methodologies
MLO3 Discuss the history and formation of early childhood education in Ireland
MLO4 Evaluate some theories of play
MLO5 Apply some principles of Aistear and Síolta to commonly used EC Education Programmes in Ireland
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named DkIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Module 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
Module Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Module Special Regulation


Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Essay % of Total Mark 50
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing n/a Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4,5
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Written paper on an area relating to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Type Presentation % of Total Mark 50
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing n/a Learning Outcome 1
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Oral Presentation relating to work of Pioneers
No Project
No Practical
No Final 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

This module has no Full Time workload.
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Independent Study Non Contact Student responsibility to organise and manage own study space and time and commitment to supplement classroom input with additional reading and interpretative reflection Every Week 7.60 7.5999999046325684
Directed Reading Non Contact Students are guided to materials that provide additional relevant interpretation on topics covered in class and supplementary reading to enhance understanding. Every Week 3.80 3.7999999523162842
Lecture Contact 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 Every Week 1.50 1.5
Practical Contact Workshop Every Third Week 0.50 1.5
Total Weekly Learner Workload 13.40
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
Module Resources
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). McGraw-Hill International, Great Britain, [ISBN: 9780335217571].
  • Wood, E.. (2012), Play, learning and the early childhood curriculum, 3rd 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
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  • [JOURNAL], An Leanbh Og, OMEP Ireland Journal of Early Childhood Studies.
  • [JOURNAL], The Journal of Early Childhood Research.
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