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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 23/03/2022 13:43:58

Title of Module: Facilitating Children's Play and Pedagogy

Code: EDUC08042 SCQF Level: 8
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Education & Social Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:D  Armstrong

Summary of Module

The module commences with revisiting theory of development and learning including family learning. Pedagogical strategies of observing, questioning and listening, in order to facilitate children’s cognitive, social and emotional well-being will be analysed. Concepts and theories of curriculum and pedagogy will be explored, and students will examine a range of guidelines for practice, learning and curriculum and use relevant frameworks to identify values, knowledge and skills which practitioners are expected to bring to the sector.

The importance of play and the child's right to play is enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the module will allow students to critically reflect on how this has directed the development of national policy and frameworks for learning such as in Scotland, Play Strategy for Scotland: Our Vision (2013) and Early Years Framework (2009) and/or relevant international policy and frameworks.

Students will develop and evaluate their practice making reference to How Good is Our Early Learning and Childcare, National Health and Social Care Standards and SSSC Code of Practice.  The issue of transitions at all stages of a child’s journey will be examined. Students will be encouraged to develop skill in sharing observations with the aim of progressing children’s learning and development, in addition to reflective practice and self-evaluation.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:


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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the significance of play and pedagogy in the development and wellbeing of children;

L2. Consider the nature of play underpinned by theory, policies and initiatives in relation to children’s lives;

L3. Demonstrate an understanding of theory, policy and practice with regard to transition;

L4. Use the above knowledge to critically reflect on own ethical practice, carrying out a range of skills as a member of a team and a leader of learning in an early years establishment;

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 8.

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of main theories and approaches to play, pedagogy and provision of play environments.

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the theories of developmental psychology, with detailed knowledge of attachment and socio-cultural theory of learning and transition.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 8.

Apply knowledge and understanding in the ethical observation of children in line with the everyday functioning of the setting with the purpose of progressing children’s learning and development.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 8.

Synthesis of ideas through writing reflective reports.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 8.

Present data documenting children’s learning using observation schedules and other means of displaying data.

Communicate this information to children’s key workers and parents.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 8.

Work under guidance, to take a lead role in progressing an aspect of children’s learning.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Use of VLE, Interactive Whiteboards, on-line tutor/student led discussions, individual and group tasks. Workshops and student-led seminars, group-work, role-play, presentations, problem based learning, will be used to develop student learning. Formative and summative assessments will be used including such instruments as presentations and work based learning.

Student handbooks, and other detailed material made available to students, will give more specific information on the particular learning and teaching methodologies, and combinations of these methodologies, to be used for timetabled student sessions. This will clarify for students both their expectations for timetabled sessions, and their expectations for the overall balance of learning and teaching methodologies to be used during the module.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery36
Work Based Learning/Placement 100
Independent Study64
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Anning A., Edwards, A., (2006) Promoting Children’s Learning from Birth to Five. 2nd Edition. Open University Press

Brown, F and Taylor, C (Eds) (2008) Foundations of Playwork. Berkshire: Open University Press.

Moyles, J. (Ed) (2010) Thinking About Play: Developing a Reflective Approach. Berkshire: Open University Press.

Powell, S. and Smith, K. (2018) An Introduction to Early Childhood Studies. London. Sage.

Scottish Government (2013) Play Strategy for Scotland: Our Vision. Edinburgh: Scottish Government

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement and attendance procedure
For the purposes of this module, academic engagement equates to the following:

It is expected that students will attend all scheduled classes or participate with all delivered elements as part of their engagement with their programme of study. Please refer to UWS Regulation 5.3.6. Low attendance at classes (absence for more than 2 sessions) can result in withdrawal from the module.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEducation
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelChildhood Studies/Practice
ModeratorN Allan
External ExaminerI Birnie
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
The Summative Assessment for this module will consist of two parts:

• Part A: A group presentation comparing and contrasting approaches to transition across different transitions and settings. (25%)
• Part B: A discursive essay displaying broad knowledge of approaches to play and pedagogy. Scottish Government frameworks for children’s learning and evaluation will be used to critically reflect on practice, carrying out a range of skills as a member of a team in an Early Years establishment. This will be supported by assessment records of learning stories carried out with children in the work place. (75%)
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Presentation  check mark 250

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of practical workcheck markcheck mark check mark750
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy

In line with current legislation (Equality Act, 2010) and UWS Equality Scheme (2010-13) the School of Education encourages the disclosure of additional / enabling support requirements (including disability) throughout recruitment, selection and throughout the duration of this module. The School of Education strives to ensure equality and diversity in the recruitment of students to this programme, irrespective of socio-economic background, age, gender, race, disability, religious and/or sexual orientation. Emphasis is placed on confidentiality of information, the benefits of disclosure and that no detriment to progress will be experienced. Flexibility and anticipatory adjustments in teaching and learning strategies and assessment facilitate inclusiveness will be incorporated within the modules. Students are actively encouraged to engage in wider university services such as Enabling Support Tutors.
The modules associated with the programme are appropriate for all students irrespective of ethnicity, disability, age, gender, socio-economic background, religious and sexual orientation and actively promote inclusive practice procedures. All modules have on-line Moodle presence and staff use a range of learning and teaching approaches to meet the learning students and needs, ensuring accessibility.
Within the programme, quality of care, inclusiveness and employability are achieved by:
Provision of a welcoming and supportive culture that promotes accessibility and equal opportunities to prospective students and employees;

Promotion of confidence and knowledge of their rights as a student and employee;

Promotion of respect and knowledge of client diversity, their needs, rights and the associated practitioner responsibilities.

The above aims, supported by staff belief in fairness and equal opportunities, guide programme and module content, teaching and learning, assessment and evaluation.

Disability disclosure is encouraged throughout recruitment, selection and throughout the duration of the module. Emphasis is placed on confidentiality of information, the benefits of disclosure and that no detriment to progress will be experienced.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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