First Year in Education
Do you have ambitions of working with children and nurturing their development? Or maybe you dream of making wider impact through leading societal change? Whatever your passion in education, our pathway programme is your first step.
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Pathways at the University of Plymouth
Fees for 2021/22
Modules for Early Childhood Studies
An Introduction to Early Childhood Studies
A series of lectures given by members of the Early Childhood Studies team, focusing on their own research, interests and enthusiasms, plus weekly seminars. The diversity of interests and approaches introduced in lectures will be balanced by process of developing study skills and integrating themes and ideas by means of active engagement in small seminar groups.
Understanding Development; Biology and Psychology
In this module we will look at how biologists and psychologists study young children. We will look at some current biological and psychological perspectives of child development. Students will carry out psychological tasks with young children and reflect upon the implications of what they have found and the nature of their own learning and understanding of children.
Politics for Equality
This module explores the concepts of equality, inclusion, diversity and anti-discrimination and investigates cultural structures, discrimination, social exclusion, power and participation. Students will consider the impact of political and policy developments at global, European, UK and local levels, drawing on theoretical frameworks and real examples, including students’ own experiences, to explore how culture and policy impact on young children and their families.
Places and Spaces for Learning and Playing
Throughout this module students will be introduced to a range of places and spaces that facilitates children's learning and play. There will be opportunities to link these experiences with academic theories with an aim to support the students' skills in noticing and understanding the process of learning.
Children in Society
This module will focus on the complexity and diversity of young children’s experiences of growing up in contemporary societies. It will examine how children’s everyday lives are shaped through a wide range of structural influences and through children’s own active engagement with their worlds.
Multi Professional Perspectives
An introduction to the diversity of early childhood settings, their structures and the varied heritages of the practitioners that work with them/in them. Notions such as communication, team work, working with parents and as part of a multi-professional team are explored along with an understanding of self as a reflective practitioner.
Modules for Education
An Introduction to Critical Questions
A series of lectures given by members of the Early Childhood Studies team, focusing on their own research, interests and enthusiasms, plus weekly seminars. The weekly themes will include written exercise and regular input from our University's Learn Development support and Library services. We will integrate themes and ideas by means of active engagement in small seminar groups and support as you decide on your chosen method of assessment after week 4.
An Introduction to Perspectives on Disability and Inclusive Education
This module will introduce some of the key perspectives in disability studies and inclusive education. It will critically examine the historical background and different models of disability. It will look at the role of the educator and education system in relation to learners with disabilities and/or special educational needs. Stereotypes, labelling and language use will be examined. It will challenge participants to examine their own attitudes towards disability.
Introduction to Global Education
This module takes a broad view of global education and analyses how it relates to human culture and our relationship with the world around us. Through fieldwork and site visits, the need for ecological literacy and global education are examined.
Equality and Justice in Education
This module focuses on notions of equality and social justice as ways of investigating several important issues in both policy and practice of education. It offers an opportunity to compare ideological positions with practices which should be validated against observation and discussion of equality or social justice issues in education. It examines the role of education in addressing social justice.
Debating Values in Education
This module examines the basis of the values and attitudes we hold in relation to educational issues. In particular we address the aims and purposes of education through the perspectives of significant thinkers in the field. Students are encouraged to make an in-depth philosophical study of one example of the application of value systems to an area of educational activity.
Praxis for change
This module considers theories of leadership and management within educational settings, enabling students to develop their skills for leadership in their specialist subject.
Interactive Learning Skills and Communication (ILSC)
You will develop your academic communication skills and use of digital technology for higher education.
How will I be assessed? 60% coursework, 40% exam