Perspectives in early childhood education (2020/2021)

Course code
4S008124
Credits
6
Coordinator
Chiara Sità
Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
PEDAGOGIA DELLA PRIMA INFANZIA 5 M-PED/01-PEDAGOGY, THEORIES OF EDUCATION AND SOCIAL EDUCATION Sem. 1A Chiara Sità
LABORATORIO DI PEDAGOGIA DELLA PRIMA INFANZIA 1 M-PED/01-PEDAGOGY, THEORIES OF EDUCATION AND SOCIAL EDUCATION See the unit page See the unit page

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding Module 1: Early childhood education 1. At the end of the course the students will possess the knowledge of the roots and the main conceptual references of the early childhood education, with particular focus on the concept of care. 2. Students will know the essential elements of the Italian and European services for early childhood (0-3). 3. Students will have developed an adequate understanding of the critical issues concerning the meaning of education in the 0-6 age range, starting from the analysis and elaboration of their images of child, family, learning, educational relationships. Module 2: Early childhood pedagogy laboratory 1. Students will have a deep understanding of the main theories and approaches in early childhood education. 2. Students will be able to identify and analyze their enactment and their connections with the developmental theories. Applying knowledge and understanding Module 1: Early childhood education 1, At the end of the course attendance, the students: will be able to outline a pedagogical analysis of educational practices and models in childcare services. 2. Students will be able to contextualize their educational intervention in relation to the needs of the child and the environment and to self-evaluate in the exercise of educational practice. Module 2: Early childhood pedagogy laboratory 1. The students will learn to use the pedagogical concepts and framework they have learned to assess a child’s learning process and to analyze educational environments and practices 2. The students will learn to use the pedagogical concepts and framework they have learned to interact with parents.

Syllabus

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Knowledge that you must have prior to attending the course (acquired in the first year): foundations and models of pedagogical theory, basic notions of developmental psychology, and history of early childhood education. The activities that contribute to the achievement of the learning goals are presented below. 1a. To consolidate the knowledge of the roots and of the main conceptual references of the pedagogy of childhood, with particular reference to the theme of care. The study of texts and the attendance of classes contribute to this goal. The handbook "presents the main concepts and authors of infant education and care, while the other texts offer a theoretical framework and guidelines for the practice of care. 1b. Know the essential elements of the Italian and European panorama on services for early childhood (0-3). This objective will be achieved in particular with the study of the book "Come progettare al nido" and the visit to the Loris Malaguzzi Center dedicated to the Reggio Approach. Furthermore, on the online platform, updated materials will be available on the topic "Infancy and Early Childhood Education and Care" in the European Union countries. 1c. Develop an adequate understanding of critical issues regarding the meaning of education in the 0-6 age range starting from the analysis and elaboration of their images of child, family, learning, educational relationships in childhood. During class, a space will be dedicated to the discussion of representations and mental models that students use to understand and interpret the world of children and the role of educational figures. These activities are aimed at promoting awareness of how some rooted assumptions guide practices and solicit a critical approach to stereotypical representations of children, families, educational relationships, and learning. Furthermore, the books support the achievement of this objective, always making explicit the connection between models and practices and dedicating space to the theme of continuing education, reflexivity and supervision in educational work with children. 2a. To be able to analyze educational practices and models in childcare services from a pedagogical point of view. In particular, during the lessons and field visits, particular attention will be paid to the development of observational skills oriented to understand the spaces, the objects, the gestures of the educational figures and to read and deepen their meanings and motivations in relation to theories and models. Educational. 2b. To know how to contextualize one's educational intervention in relation to the needs of the child and the environment and self-evaluate in the exercise of the educational practice. During the lessons there will be moments of work in groups and discussion on concrete cases that will contribute to enhance the reflexive, planning and evaluative skills and to put each and every one in the conditions of experimenting in a protected and non-judgmental space the processes of thought, comparison and decision-making that take place in educational practice. The cases will also be available on the platform in order to allow those who do not attend but are interested to have tools for experiencing reflection on practice.
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The students will be involved and facilitated in processes of critical analysis and discussion on ECEC contexts, models and practices. The main stimuli will be videos, pictures, meetings with key informants, fieldwork visits particularly on the main topics: - implicit and explicit curriculum - the relationship with families - routines and care - contexts and objects for exploration - cultural differences - gender stereotypes

Assessment methods and criteria

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The exam is based on a written test with different types of question (multiple choice, open-ended, analysis of pictures and professional writing...). The test provides evaluation on content knowledge, conceptual understanding, analytic skills.
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Students will be evaluated basing on a project work concerning one of the workshop's topics.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Donata Ripamonti, Paola Tosi Momenti di cura Junior 2013
Arianna Lazzari, Giulia Pastori, Chiara Sità, Paolo Sorzio Prospettive educative per i servizi 0-6 Junior 2020