This module provides a foundation to the study and practice of education. Key figures and ideas in the field of education will be elaborated before an exploration of how various concepts and themes in education inform teaching in a range of contexts. The module will then provide an overview of the different characteristics and needs of learners and how these interact with the role of teachers. In addition, the nature and purposes of education and its relationship with wider society will be explored as well as an examination of current controversies in educational theory and practice.
This module will begin by exploring the needs and characteristics of kindergarten pupils, in particular how to create a secure and stimulating learning environment for early years learners. Then the key theoretical perspectives in childhood teaching will be discussed and how to develop age appropriate learning objectives and outcomes. In addition, the development of teaching material and methods suitable for the engagement of early years learners will be described as well as the application of suitable assessment methods which can effectively cover the full range of kindergarten pupils’ learning abilities. Finally, the role of parents and family in supporting the learning of kindergarten pupils will be discussed as well as relationships with the wider community.