In the final stage of the programme you
will be helped to make the transition from ‘knowledge consumer’ to ‘knowledge
producer’. You will use your developing knowledge and experience to challenge,
extend and critique other people’s ideas and your own. You will plan and carry
out a research project to develop and disseminate understanding of what you
have identified as an area of interest and you will continue to develop your
capacity to act as a strong advocate for young children and families. If you are joining the final stage from a partner college you may choose to study on our FLECS
(Flexible Learning in Early Childhood Studies) route.
EEC601 Research in Early Childhood Studies
This module is an introduction to research in Early Childhood Studies. Students will critically examine a variety of approaches and methods of data collection and consider the ethical issues involved in carrying out investigations in naturalistic settings. It provides students with the opportunity to design an investigation in their chosen aspect of ECS, carry out a sustained and rigorous piece of work, and analyse and discuss their findings through both a written study in appropriate ways using ICT and an oral presentation.
EEC603 Adults' Concepts of Childhood: their impact on the past and present treatment of children
This module will explore how childhood and adulthood are related concepts with deep historical roots. It will explain contemporary changes in young children's lives by tracing the historical forces that have shaped different concepts of childhood, defining the ways in which adults think, act and behave with young children.
EEC625 Current Issues in Early Childhood Studies
This module will enable participants to focus on current debates related to early childhood studies. By its nature the content of the module will change each year, as issues change, new understandings emerge and different perspectives apply. The module will debate current issues critically, analytically and theoretically, whilst considering implications for practice.
EDST604 Global Education: Teaching and Learning for an Interconnected World
Global education is based upon the interconnectedness of everything. It asks the learner to explore contemporary global issues ¿ development, environment, human rights, social justice, peace and conflict ¿ within the framework of the world as a system. This module offers an introduction to global education theory and practice.
EDST607 Drawing upon the Margins for Inclusion in Education and Society
The module engages with a range of approaches to, and understandings of, inclusive values, practices and cultures within educational settings. The module is organised around two central questions. First, What is the difference between being in and being of an educational setting? Second, How might we best live and learn together?
This module investigates the ideas and efficacy of Education for Sustainability and its assertions that both cognitive and affective understanding of our place in the natural world are essential for all aspects of planetary and human welfare.
EEC611 Independent Study Module
This module allows students to conduct an in depth study of an area of interest in the field of Early Childhood Studies that is not fully covered by the taught modules they are currently studying. It develops their independent thinking by critically exploring an area of personal importance in Early Childhood Studies.
EEC614 Understanding Understanding
Conscious understanding may be seen as the key feature which separates humans from other animals. This module will provide opportunities for students to develop their understanding both of how conscious awareness emerges during infancy and of the broader nature of understanding at any stage of life. Students will participate in knowledge-building (Bereiter, 2002), using discussion and argument to develop the group's understanding of issues encountered in reading and in sessions.
EEC615 Politics, Welfare and Society
Key social, political and educational issues that affect the lives of young children, 0-8, and their families will be studied in this module. Some comparisons will be made with Europe and other countries. Students will be encouraged to develop a considerable personal perspective on social questions related to early childhood services.
EEC616 Work Based Learning in the early years
This module is intended to provide students with the opportunity to maximise learning opportunities which accrue from part-time, term-time (PT/TT) and vacation experience, which could include paid or unpaid work, based on the recognition that learning takes place in a wide variety of situations and settings. The module has a particular emphasis on reflective practice.
EEC617 Enabling environments for young children's learning
This module considers issues surrounding the spaces in which adults interact with children in teaching and learning relationships. Students will examine the concept of curriculum, where it exists, the different roles adults play within it and how it might be shaped to support effective practice with young children.
EEC628 Children and Risk
Looking at the complexity of child protection issues, within a personal, institutional and community context, addressing the issue of risk and the decision-making process ¿ the right decision against the defensible decision, in order to develop a personal, and critical perspective on issues of protection and control. In addition an exploration of the concept of `Risk `In the wider context.
EEC632 Early Years Business Management
This module will give students the opportunity to explore the intricacies of running a small early years business, from business models, to finance, staff management, marketing, partnership working and strategy.
Over the course of twelve two-hour lectures and ten one hour seminars, students will go on a journey from identifying political and market needs to funding and setting up a business and planning operational needs.
PSYC392 Current Topics in Applied Psychology
This module allows students to develop a critical appreciation of recent research in applied psychology. Students study four topics in depth. These are introduced by staff teaching in their specialist research area.