30 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module lays a foundation for the remainder of the programme by developing critical understanding of learning, pedagogy and curriculum in early childhood education. Students will analyse theory, policy and research in order to evaluate a range of historical, contemporary, national and global perspectives on young children's learning. Students will be required to think critically about the location of early childhood education within the broader contexts of social, cultural and political values, priorities and practices. The module content will enable students to reflect upon how these contextual factors can be applied to evaluating learning, pedagogy and curriculum in relation to diverse professional situations.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK