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CHLD7007 - Outdoor Learning in ECEC

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Title:Outdoor Learning in ECEC
Long Title:Outdoor Learning in ECEC
Module Code:CHLD7007
 
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Childcare
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2022/23 ( September 2022 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Cian ONeill
Module Author: Frances Clerkin
Module Description: This module acknowledges children's right to play (UNCRC 1989 ratified by Ireland 1992). National and international frameworks are drawn on to support children’s outdoor play, learning dispositions and affordances. In a world of rapid global and climate change a central aim is to foster children’s sense of wonder in the natural world, encourage their curiosity, questioning and participatory action on issues of sustainability. Students will reflect on social, cultural and regulatory challenges to outdoor play for children under 6 years. Knowledge on safety and risk assessment is balanced with promotion of positive risk taking outdoors.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Appraise practice framework principles of emergent curriculum (e.g. Aistear) as applied to children's outdoor play and learning experiences birth to three and three to six years.
LO2 Determine challenges to outdoor play and learning at a regulatory, policy and practice level.
LO3 Connect provocations, children's emergent play themes and motives (indoors and outdoors) to the themes of Aistear and principles and standards of Síolta.
LO4 Devise child-initiated outdoor experiential learning opportunities to enable individual and group participatory identities to develop.
LO5 Establish sensorial engagement with nature and collaborate with children to document and share their outdoor learning motives and interests ( through discussion, questioning photography, art, maps, recordings etc.).
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Promoting sustainable practice and sensorial engagement with nature
Link children's indoor motives and dispositions for play and learning with the more sensorial, expansive and transitory aspects of outdoor spaces (birth to 3 and 3 to 6 years). Foster sensorial engagement with nature and collaborate with children to document and share their outdoor learning motives and interests. Encourage children to philosophise through questioning. Discuss and display documented learning to develop connections between children's home and school social and cultural environments in support of sustainable communities of practice
Outdoor learning - practice frameworks and First 5
Draw on national and international frameworks and policy to promote children's sense of well-being and belonging and promote collaborative meaning making in the outdoors - applying principles of an emergent curriculum including Síolta Standard 1 Rights of the child to children's outdoor play and learning experiences,
Safety in outdoor environments
Safety in outdoor environments covering general health and safety; group management, communication strategy; safe use and teaching of tools and equipment use in the outdoors. Identify affordances and challenges to outdoor play at a regulatory, policy and practice level and assess safety and risk in outdoor environments.
Promoting positive risk taking
Promoting positive risk taking - risk benefit assessment; promoting emotional intelligence and self-esteem; increasing autonomy, independence and critical thinking skills. Consult and collaborate with children within group contexts such as circle time to promote child-initiated outdoor experiential learning, where children themselves are encouraged to explore, problem solve, assess and take positive risks as they develop individual and group participatory identities.
Emergent curriculum
Adult role in supporting children's evolving individual and group participatory identities. Teachable moments; Fostering literacy and numeracy skills; Identifying, supporting and documenting emergent play themes naturally evolving; meaningful to the child; reciprocal and collaborative meaning making. Identify provocations, children's emergent play themes and motives (indoors and outdoors) and link to Aistear and Siolta to plan for and create affordances for inclusive play and learning opportunities in the outdoors.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Key learning - provocations; learning opportunities; promoting positive enquiry. Ongoing feedback provided. 1,5 20.0 Week 4
Project Case study: choose an international model of practice and apply to Ireland. 1,4 30.0 Week 10
Practical/Skills Evaluation Key learning - provocations; learning opportunities; promoting positive enquiry. Ongoing feedback provided. 1,2,3,4,5 50.0 Week 13
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Supporting theories and international practice models 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lab Outside instruction experiential learning 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Independent study 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Supporting theories and international practice models 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lab Outside instruction experiential learning 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Independent study 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
 

Module Resources

Supplementary Book Resources
  • Sydney Schwartz and Sherry Copeland 2015, Connecting emergent curriculum and standards in the early childhood classroom, Columbia University; New York [ISBN: 9780807751107]
  • Susan Davis, Nancy Eppler-Wolff 2009, Raising Children Who Soar: A Guide to Healthy Risk-Taking in an Uncertain World, Teachers College Press [ISBN: 0807749974]
  • Denise Long 2011, Survivor Kid: A Practical Guide to Wilderness Survival, Chicago Press [ISBN: 1569767084]
  • Trisha Maynard and Jane Waters 2014, Exploring Outdoor Play in the Early Years, McGraw Hill, Open University Press Berkshire, U.K. [ISBN: 13: 978033526]
  • Dara MacAnulty 2021, Wild Child, A journey through nature, 1 Ed., Macmillan Children's Books London [ISBN: 9781529045321]
  • edited by Tim Waller, Eva Arlemalm-Hagser, Ellen Beate Hansen Sandseter, Libby Lee-Hammond, Kristi Lekies and Shirley Wyver. 2017, Sage Handbook of Outdoor learning, 1 Ed., Thousand Oaks Sage publications California [ISBN: 9781473926608]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Barbara Humberstone 2012, “Outdoor Learning as a means of promoting healthy and sustainable lifestyles and social inclusion for young people”, EUROPEAN OUTDOOR LEARNING SEMINAR
  • Arie Kizel 2016, Philosophy with Children as an educational platform for self-determined learning, Cogent Education, 3:1, 1244026
  • Annie Cummins and Belinda Walsh 2019, Land Art as creative practice that celebrates Nature and the Outdoors,, An Leanbh Óg, Volume no 12 Issue 1
  • Emily J Murray, , and Patricia Hrusa Williams 2019, Risk-tasking and Assessment in Toddlers During Nature Play:The Role of Family and Play Context, Journal of Adventure Education and outdoor learning, Volume 20 Issue 3
Supplementary Article/Paper Resources
  • Justin Dillon, Mark Rickinson et al 2006, The value of outdoor learning: evidence from research in the UK and elsewhere, School Science Review, March 2006, 87(320)
  • Emilia Fägerstam 2012, Space and Place Perspectives on outdoor teaching and learning, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning [ISSN: ISSN 1654]
  • Peter Bentsen 2013, The concept of udeskole in Danish schools, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Natural Learning Initiative 2012, Benefits of Connecting Children with Nature [ISSN: 919-515-8]
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_HMONT_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Montessori Education 6 Elective
CR_HECEC_7 Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Care 5 Mandatory

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