ME7002: Contemporary Issues in Early Years

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ME7002: Contemporary Issues in Early Years

Module Title Contemporary Issues in Early Years
Module Code ME7002
Module Tutor Sally Palmer
School School of Education
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

This module provides those working in early years, especially those with an enhanced status, with an opportunity to engage critically with a range of contemporary issues related to working within the sector. The content will be embedded in current government legislation, research and society issues enabling a critical examination of ‘why and how we do what we do’ within the changing landscape of childhood, families, education and care and the range of children’s services

Indicative Syllabus

This module offers practitioners the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding, and personal interest in contemporary issues within the sector. The content will be embedded in current government legislation, research and society issues enabling a critical examination of ‘why we do what we do’ within the changing landscape of childhood, families, education and care and the range of children’s services. Reflecting critically on current practice practitioners will examine and analyse relevant and appropriate impact data. Reflective practice will ensure rhetoric and reality are considered in ‘achieving better outcomes for children and families’.  Issues relating to sustainable practices will be analysed in relation to impact analysis and sector development.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module participants will be able to demonstrate that they have:

1.     A critical understanding of a chosen contemporary issue and how this reflects rhetoric and reality of practice within the sector

2.     Engaged in evidence collection to document reflective practice

3.     Engaged in critical reflection to justify ‘why I do what I do’

4.     A critical understanding of, and engagement in, impact and data analysis

5.    A deeper and more critical understanding of sustainable futures and their role in promoting this concept

6.      Enhanced skills of critical reading and analysis

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 28
Independent Learning Hours: 280
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 5000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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