20 credits at level HE6
This module aims to provide an appreciation of children’s diverse experiences shaped by interactions between cultural influences and political and economic structures, through the exploration of a variety of contexts. It adopts a comparative approach drawing on differences in services within the European Community and expands this to global dimensions including examples from developing societies.
The students will be introduced to a wide range of current international debates and issues concerned with services for under eights.
It is envisaged that an appreciation of international perspectives will encourage students to reflect on policy and practice within their local environment.
The module aims to help the student to:
1. develop a wider world perspective in the study of childhood
2. explore the theory, practice and outcomes in provision of services for under-eights in a range of contexts
3. critically review the effects of provision
4. compare a number of types of provision for under eights in Scandinavia, Europe, Canada, Australia and the Developing World.
Notions of a national curriculum and how this illustrates across a number of different countries the way political and economic structures can effect childhoods. Identifying different variables through which any national system of early years provision may be compared with another in an illuminative way. Cultural forces which make for patterns of divergence and convergence across and within some European societies. Work of UNESCO. How social and cultural diversity gets expressed through families and children. Role of mass media. The standards movement on changing children’s education in the US and its spread to other countries.
This module will be a mixture of lectures, seminar groups, independent study, group work and discussion, video, guest speakers and case studies. Regular tutorials will provide opportunities for informal formative assessment to support student learning and discuss their overall progress.
The module could be linked to a short (3 – 5 days) observational visit abroad, i.e. Scandinavia.
Of the 200 hours devoted to the study, 42 will be directed learning and 158 will be independent study.
Assessment will be based on
1. One essay 3,000 words (60%)
2. A Case Study 2000 words (40%)
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||have worked on how different national systems of educational provision can be compared
compare a child’s route through two European early education systems.
|2.||have clarified how some basic curriculum patterns in a number of national curricula across the EC.
compare two national curricula in respect of underlying philosophy and how local cultures inform this.
|3.||have explored how experience of childhood is documented and studied,
critically analyse some strategies whereby a child’s experience of growing up in a given country is represented.
|4.||have Identified a range of cultural and national features on which informative comparisons can be made between early years children.
document and interpreted a number of comparisons on growing up in the contemporary world.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||An essay of 3,000 words||A case study of one country's perspective on childhood. how it|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
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Broude, Gwen J (1995) Growing up: a cross cultural encycolpedia. Oxford: ABC-CLIO
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Isenberg, Joan Packer and Jalango, Mary rank (2003) Major Issues and Trends in Early Childhood Education 2nd Edition. Coluumbia Univeristy: Teachers College press.
Kagan, J (Ed) (1998) The Gale Encyclopedia of Childhood and Adolescence. London and Detroit: Gale Research.
Oberhuemer P (1997) Working with Children in Europe. London: Paul Chapman Publisher
Mac Naughton, Glenda, Rolfe, Sharma A and Siraj-Blandford, Iram (2001) Doing Early Childhood Research : international perspectives on theory and practice. Buckingham: Open University Press.
Mizen, P., Pole, C. and A. Bolton (2002) Hidden Hands: international perspectives on children's work and labour. London: Routledge Falmer.
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Wozniak, R.H. (1993) Worlds of Childhood. New York: Harper-Collins.
Journal of Early Childhood Research and Practice.
Early Years: an international journal of research and development.
Website: OECD Early Childhood Education and Background Reports and Country Notes
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