Particularities of Learning in Early Childhood

Course Code: MET1203 • Study year: I • Academic Year: 2024-2025
Domain: Education Sciences - Masters • Field of study: Psycho-pedagogy of Early Education and Small Schooling
Type of course: Compulsory
Language of instruction: Romanian
Erasmus Language of instruction: English
Name of lecturer: Ioana Cristina Todor
Seminar tutor: Ioana Cristina Todor
Form of education Full-time
Form of instruction: Class
Number of teaching hours per semester: 28
Number of teaching hours per week: 2
Semester: Summer
Form of receiving a credit for a course: Grade
Number of ECTS credits allocated 5

Course aims:

To apply learning theories and models in preschool and primary school education
To explain the contemporary theories of learning
To describe learning experiences in each stage of development
To identify behavioral, cognitive and social factors that influence the learning processes in early childhood
To critically analyze the thoretical models of learning applied in early education

Course Entry Requirements:


Course contents:

1. General principles and controversial issues of learning 2. Learning theories applied in early education 3. Learning experiences in early childhood 4. Learning experiences in kindergarten 5. Learning experiences in primary school

Teaching methods:

Lecture, conversation, exemplification, learning through discovery, debate, case studies

Learning outcomes:

• conducting the teaching and learning process in preschool and primary school • counseling and psycho-pedagogical support for various educational groups • cooperation in interdisciplinary teams in order to carry out programs and projects in education • life-long learning

Learning outcomes verification and assessment criteria:

Written paper – 60%; Continuous assessment – 40%.

Recommended reading:

Wolfson, L.M., Educational Psychology, Pearson, London, 2011, xx.
McCain, M., Mustard, F. & McCuaig, K., . Early Years Study 3: Making decisions. Taking Action, Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation, Toronto, 2011, xx.
Cline, T., Gulliford, A. & Birch, S. (Eds), Educational Psychology. Second edition., Routledge, New York, 2015, xx.
David C. Berliner, Robert C. Calfee, Handbook of educational psychology, Routledge, New Jersey, 2013, xx.
Kaga, Y., Bennett, J. & Moss, P., Caring and learning together: A cross-national study of the integration of early childhood education and care into education, UNESCO, Paris, 2010, xx.