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ED301O: UNDERSTANDING LEARNING AND TEACHING IN THE EARLY YEARS 1 (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


Course Overview

This course aims to provide students with opportunities to develop a broad and integrated knowledge of a range of theories relevant to early child development and explore approaches to the education and care of young children.   Students will also engage critically with factors that affect children’s learning and development such as the physical environment and socio-cultural context. They will explore the importance of play in early learning.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Mrs Sheila M. Nutkins

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
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What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Study of this course will support a five-week block placement in ‘Developing professional practice 1’ in an early/first level classroom. Students will have the opportunity to build on previous study of development and learning, to look more closely at language and cognitive development. The course will include opportunities to explore children’s behaviour and management of behaviour; beginning to plan for learning in an early/first level classroom; play as learning; the importance and management of risk; the importance of the environment as the ‘third teacher’ and begin to consider approaches to education and care in other countries e.g. Sweden, Reggio, Te Whariki. Students will develop enquiry skills for a target child study.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Tutorials during University weeks 8 - 13

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Oral Presentation: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks 20 Feedback Weeks 24

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Feedback

Feedback will be given online, via Turnitin on MyAberdeen.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualUnderstandDevelop critical understanding of the importance of play in the early years curriculum.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Oral Presentation: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks 48 Feedback Weeks 50

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Feedback Feedback will be given online, via Turnitin on MyAberdeen .
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualUnderstandDevelop critical understanding of the importance of play in the early years curriculum.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualUnderstandDevelop critical understanding of planning for effective learning in all core areas of the curriculum.
FactualUnderstandUnderstand the planning cycle.
FactualUnderstandUnderstand the purpose of long, medium and short term planning to support effective learning in the early years.
FactualUnderstandUnderstand the importance of planning and maintaining a stimulating environment that supports developmentally appropriate teaching and learning.
FactualUnderstandDevelop critical understanding of the importance of play in the early years curriculum.
FactualUnderstandDevelop critical reading and writing skills for professional enquiry.

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