EDUC06011 2014 Learning and Play in the Early Years

General Details

Full Title
Learning and Play in the Early Years
Transcript Title
Learning and Play
Code
EDUC06011
Attendance
75 %
Subject Area
EDUC - Education
Department
SOCS - Social Sciences
Level
06 - NFQ Level 6
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2014 - Full Academic Year 2014-15
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Aoife Cooney
Programme Membership
SG_HEARL_H08 201400 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Care and Educ SG_HENGL_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Major: English and Psychology
Description

In this module students will examine the concept of play, its many varieties and developmental functions. Students will become familiar with the language used to describe the stages and types of play and the practice elements of children learning through play. They will also be introduced to a variety of approaches to Early Education for example Steiner, Reggio Emilia, Highscope and Montessori.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

1.

Define play as well as the types and stages of play.

2.

Demonstrate understanding of planning and facilitating opportunities for free and structured play activities suitable for babies and young children aged 0-6 years in order to enhance development in specific areas such as : physical, intellectual, language, creative, cultural, emotional and social needs of babies and young children aged 0 6 years.

3.

Discuss the role of the adult in facilitating practical play opportunities for babies and young children.

4.

Outline their understanding of the special importance of outdoor play and outdoor play area design from both a health and developmental perspective

5.

Analyse approaches to learning in early childhood for example Reggio Emilia, Steiner, Highscope and Montessori.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Students will be provided with a 1 hour weekly lecture to give an overview of topics. These will then be examined in more detail through small group work in tutorial sessions. These sessions will involve discussion and interaction with each other as well as with the resources in the Pre-School Skills room.

Module Assessment Strategies

L.O 1, 2, 3 & 5 essay 70%

The 1500 word essay must contain an introduction which outlines what will be covered in the essay, a discussion of a definition of play, a look at the development of play, consideration of a variety of types of play and their contribution to a child’s learning and development, an examination of the planning of free and structured activities including the role of the adult. These aspects should be considered in relation to a number of approaches to ECCE and show evidence of understanding a variety of play theorists viewpoints. This must be referenced accurately.

L.O 4 group presentation 30%

The presentation will be given in a group and must show an understanding of the unique nature of outdoor play and the health and developmental benefits of play. It must show evidence of research. There must be either a poster/PowerPoint slide and a 3d model of an outdoor play area which will be explained in detail. What will the area include and why? Why will it be laid out in the way that it is? What materials will be used? What health and safety considerations are there? If students do not engage with the group work they may be inelegible to complete the presentation and therefore achieve the learning outcome.

 

 

Repeat Assessments

The student will submit a1750 word essay ( or – 10%) which will:

Examine the role of the adult in children’s play in a variety of different approaches to ECCE.

In order to complete the assignment the student should consider:

- The role of play in children’s learning and development

- The role of the adult in planning, implementing and evaluating different types of play for children.

- How these might differ in approaches such as Reggio Emilia, Highscope, Steiner and Montessori.

These areas should be explained and analysed and the piece must be accurately referenced throughout.

Indicative Syllabus

Students will explore the role and impact of play on all aspects of childrens’ development. The development of play will be examined as well as the ways in which play can link to traditional curricular areas and areas of child development. The planning of both free and structured play will be evaluated alongside the importance of the role of the adult when planning for, implementing and evaluating play opportunities. The special learning that playing outdoors can afford young children will be considered along with the importance of the design of the outdoor play area. A number of approaches to early education will be critically analysed with a view to informing students’ pedagogical decisions.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Learning & Play Continuous Assessment Essay 70 % Week 9 1,2,3,5
2 Outdoor Play Continuous Assessment Group Project 30 % Week 12 4
             

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Tutorial ECCE Skills Laboratory Tutorial 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2012-02-24 Early Childhood Education & Care: An Introduction for Students in Ireland Gill & Macmillan Ltd
ISBN 071715324X ISBN-13 9780717153244

Unique new text introducing the theories and concepts of Early Childhood Education and Care, highlighting the knowledge, values and skills required to become a competent ECEC practitioner in Ireland today. Written by educators, practitioners and policy experts from across Ireland, this book is organised in four parts: Part 1: Theoretical Underpinnings of Early Childhood Education and Care Introduces students to the key concepts and theories from a range of relevant disciplines, enabling them to make sense of a child's place in the world. Part 2: Approaches to Early Childhood Education and Care Demonstrates the richness and breadth of pre-school learning models, describing the numerous theoretical and practical perspectives in early education and care. Part 3: Pedagogy and Learning Explores the different types of environments and situations contributing to young children's learning and reinforces the importance of engaging with parents and the community. Part 4: structures and Issues Outlines the unique character of the ECEC sector in Ireland, while also highlighting the importance of ethics and the significance of diversity in ECEC practice. Suitable For: Undergraduate degree programmes in Early Childhood Education and Care in Institutes of Technology and Colleges of Education. Unique new text introducing the theories and concepts of Early Childhood Education and Care, while highlighting the knowledge, values and skills required to become a competent ECEC practitioner in Ireland today. Written by educators, practitioners and policy experts from across Ireland, this book is organised in four parts: Part 1: Theoretical Underpinnings of Early Childhood Education and Care Introduces students to the key concepts and theories from a range of relevant disciplines, enabling them to make sense of a child's place in the world. Part 2: Approaches to ECEC Demonstrates the richness and breadth of pre-school learning models, describing the numerous theoretical and practical perspectives in early education and care. Part 3: Pedagogy and Learning Explores the different types of environments and situations contributing to young children's learning and reinforces the importance of engaging with parents and the community. Part 4: Issues and Context Outlines the unique character of the ECEC sector in Ireland, while also highlighting the importance of ethics and the significance of diversity in ECEC practice.

Module Resources

URL Resources

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