Department Education Studies
Level Undergraduate Level 1
Module leader Dr Emma Langley
Credit Value 15
Module duration 10 weeks
Assessment 100% Coursework
Study location University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Experiences in the early years and at the start of the learning and development journey can have a lasting impact upon the individual. We consider what this means in terms of early childhood care and education.
Principal Module Aims and Outcomes
- To develop an understanding of the importance of early years for children’s long-term outcomes.
- To explore how children develop holistically and in different domains (physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and language) and how these domains interlink.
- To study the influence of key microsystems (such as the family and the school) on children’s learning and development.
- To critically consider the issue of poverty and how it impacts the lives of children and their families.
- To identify and interrogate national and international initiatives and research studies that have focused on improving life chances of young children.
- To understand how child development is situated in, and influenced by, context and culture.
- What is early childhood and why is it important?
- Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) policies and practice.
- The developing child (physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and language development).
- The role of culture and context (ecological systems theories).
- The home and the family.
- Early years settings and schooling.
- Poverty and social disadvantage.
- Early intervention.
|Lectures||15 sessions of 1 hour (10%)|
|Seminars||15 sessions of 1 hour (10%)|
|Tutorials||(0%)||2 sessions of 15 minutes|
|Private study||120 hours (80%)|
|The assessment will take the form of a report, 2000 words in length. Students will be required to choose a topic from the syllabus and write a report for an early childhood professional. The report structure will include: an introduction to the topic/background to the issue; theoretical perspectives; a critical review of the research evidence, and a conclusion with clear implications for practice.|