Singapore University of Social Sciences

Overseas Study Trip for Early Childhood Education

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Education

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed


Synopsis

The objective of ECE368 Overseas Study Trip for Early Childhood Education is to provide students with the opportunity to cultivate a broader and deeper understanding of the trends and issues in early childhood education through engagement as participant observers in early childhood settings in selected host countries. This is achieved through a combination of engagement in selected readings to review, consolidate and apply the knowledge acquired from previous ECE courses plus selected assigned readings for the trip to broaden and deepen their understanding about teaching and learning for young children; experiential learning to strengthen the development of the theory and practice link for early childhood content through observations and interactions with children and teachers in ECE settings in the host country; and participation in communities of learning (COL) to apply the “hermeneutic circle” within the context of early childhood education practices in the host country, and hence practice relating their evolving views about the teaching and learning process, and their images of the teacher and children, to the circumstances that are shaping early childhood practices in the host country.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every Semester

Topics

  • Key factors shaping the host country’s early childhood education industry– geographical, historical, political, economic, social and cultural forces.
  • The principles of Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP), main theoretical orientations governing teaching and learning in ECE, learning outcomes for young children, and/or current issues and trends in ECE.
  • Selected issues relevant to early childhood education in the host country, e.g. social, cultural, or pedagogical.
  • Notions of universality versus cultural relativism of child development.
  • Comparison of ECE pedagogies in the host country and in Singapore.
  • Essential skills required for the trip – safety awareness, self-defence, cultural sensitivity, technical proficiency, and physical fitness.

Learning Outcome

  • Identify the socio-cultural circumstances shaping the ECE practices in the host country.
  • Examine how the issues and challenges faced by preschool teachers in the host country are similar and/or different from those faced by preschool teachers in Singapore.
  • Apply knowledge of Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) in ECE to make sense of the nature of children’s experiences in the preschools in the host country.
  • Assess their own image of the child and of the teacher based on this overseas experience.
  • Compose an updated draft of their beliefs about the teaching and learning process.
  • Appraise the universality of the development of critical thinking dispositions.
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