SE7003 - Foundations of Being (2021/22)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2021/22|
|Module title||Foundations of Being|
|Module level||Masters (07)|
|Credit rating for module||30|
|School||School of Social Professions|
|Total study hours||300|
|Running in 2021/22||
This module focuses on aspects of young children's development in the first three years of life, with a specific focus on personal, social and emotional development and the implications of this for other areas of development and learning in early and later childhood. The module will consider a range of theoretical perspectives and the implications of these for early years provision and practice. In order to ensure an informed understanding of and response to provision for children from birth to three, students who are not based in settings covering this age range, will be expected to undertake the minimum of a one day observational visit to a relevant provision. Students undertaking this module require experience of working with children within the birth to seven age range and be currently employed or have access to placement within this sector.
This module aims to:
- Introduce key theories in relation to babies and young children's development
- Consider the implications of these for development and learning in early and later childhood.
- Analyse the relationship between social policy and cultural contexts and provision for 0-3 year olds
- Enable students to identify and evaluate good quality provision for 0-3 year olds
- Enable students to reflect on their own personal development in relation to early years practice
This module will review current and historical social policy perspectives on provision for 0-3 year olds and offer a comparative overview of differing international and cultural perspectives. Relevant developmental psychology, psycho-analytic and neuro-scientific theory and research will be used to explore the growth and development of personal, social and intellectual understanding in infancy and early childhood. There will be a consideration of babies and young children's emotional development and the importance of key relationships; the implications of this for practitioner's skills and attributes will be explored.
Students will explore and analyse concepts of good quality practice and provision in relation to working with parents; observation, assessment and planning for children from birth to three; creating appropriate environments and developing and resourcing a curriculum for children from birth to three, through their observations of practice in a setting.
Learning and teaching
Students will receive theoretical input through bespoke on-line module materials with access to an allocated tutor who is available to support them either face-to-face, by e-mail or by telephone. All students will benefit from a blended learning approach through the use of WebLearn for supplementary materials, links to E-books, on-line discussions and self-assessment exercises such as reflective tasks.
Reflection and discussion are key to teaching – reflection will be promoted by the discussion-board exercises incorporated into the web-based materials.
Teaching and learning strategies and methods will link module content to workplace skills and professionalism in the early years.
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
1. reflect critically on the impact of their own experiences and values on their approach to early care and learning
2. discuss a range of theoretical perspectives on children's personal, social and emotional development
3. analyse perspectives on developmental theory in relation to children from birth to three
4. locate main debates and research surrounding the care of 0-3 year olds in a historical, social and cultural context
5. identify and evaluate provision and practice that effectively supports the development and well-being of 0-3 year olds
1. A 20-minute online, synchronous, virtual conference based on a proposed development of provision for 0-3 year olds, which demonstrates students' ability to identify and evaluate high quality "out of home provision" for 0-3 year olds. *As students are studying via distance learning their presentation will take the form of an online synchronous webinar. During this event, students will be given access to an individual BlackBoard Collaborate Ultra link that they will use to deliver their presentation which is going to be recorded. Upon successful completion, students will submit their list of references in a Turnitin Online Submission point, which will then be subsequently used by the tutors to check for plagiarism issues, provide moderated marks and feedback.
2. An essay of 4000 – 5000 words which will enable students to explore the relationship between theories of young children's personal, social and emotional development and early years policy, practice and provision.
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