CARE08052 2016 Perspectives on Childcare: Culture, Context and Comparison
Childcare and growing up is a universal concern. However, there are many different experiences of childhood, and parental goals, values, methods and traditions differ widely and depend on time, space and cultural context. Although Ireland was always home to people with different ethnic/religious/cultural backgrounds, including the Traveller, Jewish and Protestant communities, the twenty-first century has seen a significant increase in diversity among the Irish population. Therefore, it is essential for ECCe professionals to develop an informed understanding of culturally diverse approaches of growing up in order to support the cultural and social well-being of children and Young people they may be working with, while simultaneously supporting adults to adjust to change, new demands and experiences as parents, as well as informing social policy in terms of cultural diversity, anti-racism and empowerment. In order to do so, the student will have to examine their own point of view and perception, challenge their ‘truths’ and maybe reach a new perspective. Through the use of case studies students will look at cultures, place them in context and compare them.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of cultural relativity in relation to experiences of childhood and the theories surrounding it.
- Apply an understanding of, and reflection on, the impact of ethnocentrism and provide alternative perspectives
- Display an empathetic understanding of the impact of cultural differences in a variety of environments
- Re-examine attitudes, judgements and values in a practitioner context and apply alternative methods of working in an intercultural environment.
- Identify Social Justice approaches to working in formal, non-formal and informal education settings in national and international contexts.
Teaching and Learning Strategies
This module will be delivered through a weekly two hour lecture and one hour tutorial. Within this framework each lecture will analyse and discuss a classic ethnographic study, making direct links to the students’ own experiences wider debates at national and international levels.
Module Assessment Strategies
There will be an exam and a project to assess learners understanding of key tenets of the module and their capacity to interpret their learning in the context of particular work environments.
Learners will repeat either the exam or the project with assignment guidelines provided
Apply an understanding of, and reflection on, the impact of ethnocentrism and provide alternative perspectives
Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of the experiences of growing up in a range of societal contexts such as matrilineal societies and patrilineal societies. The students will also examine children’s behaviours and carer’s responses within cultural contexts.
Display an empathetic understanding of the impact of cultural differences in a variety of environments
Students will explore their own attitudes towards youth cultures, rites of passage, and concepts of parenthood, family and gender in order to recognise and question their own cultural bias.
Re-examine attitudes, judgements and values in a practitioner context and apply alternative methods of working in an intercultural environment.
Students will consider cultural determinants of perspectives on sexuality, parental goals, methods and ethics and how to respond to them in a culturally sensitive framework.
Identify Social Justice approaches to working in formal, non-formal and informal education settings in national and international contexts.
Students will examine the human rights of the child within the context of cultural relativity. Particular attention will be paid to EU Roma Framework and Travellers and Roma in formal, informal and non-formal education environments
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Project||Project||Project||50 %||Week 7||3,4,5|
End of Semester / Year Assessment
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Exam||Final Exam||Open Book Exam||50 %||Week 13||1,2|
Full Time Mode Workload
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