Module Details

Module Code: EDUC N7007
Full Title Early Education: Practical Pedagogies (WORK BASED)
Valid From: Semester 2 - 2013/14 ( February 2014 )
Language of Instruction:English
Duration: 1 Semester
Credits: 10
Module Owner: Mary McSkeane
Departments: Unknown
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
Module Learning Outcome
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Module Learning Outcome Description
MLO1 Discuss the nature and role of play in supporting young children's holistic learning and development
MLO2 Examine the role of the educator in supporting young children's holistic learning and development
MLO3 Understand appropriate strategies for inclusion of parents and families
MLO4 Apply principles of early learning and development to pedagogical practices using Aistear and Siolta as core resources
MLO5 Create enabling pedagogical plans to support appropriate learning experiences
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
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
Module Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Module Special Regulation


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 10.00 10
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 5.00 5
Lecture Contact 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 Every Week 2.00 2
Practical Contact Workshop Every Third Week 0.67 2
Total Weekly Learner Workload 17.67
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.67
Module Resources
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, p.176, [ISBN: 978-1-84445-465-5].
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Lesley Abbott and Rosemary Rodger. (1997), Quality education in the early years, (3rd). Open University Press,, Buckingham [England], [ISBN: 0-335-19230-0].
This module does not have any article/paper resources
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