In the Blended Pathway you may attend some on-campus sessions with part of your studies completed using the resources on the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. All modules consist of a series of lectures, workshops and seminars which are delivered over the course of eight weeks. These lectures and seminars will be accompanied by a study guide that will lead you through the module content. The study guide will support you to develop your understanding of the key perspectives which underpin the study of early childhood education. For Blended Learning students, seminars and course sessions will include presentations by tutors and students on relevant themes, topics, readings, discourses and theoretical constructions involving critical reflection and evaluation.
One of the key features of the MA ECE programme is the use of students’ experience and knowledge to enhance the teaching and learning experience of all. It is intended to use your developing personal, academic and professional expertise as a source of discussion and critical reflection within course sessions and by engaging in online forums. You will be encouraged to take part in online discussions and debates throughout the programme to enable you to construct, interrogate and challenge perspectives and to share and apply your knowledge and skills within learning and teaching sessions. You will be asked to take part in an interchange of ideas, experiences and arguments while maintaining the conventions of professional discourse and practice.
For Blended Learning students, workshops will include response to video material, journal articles, practice reports, research and policy documents. There will also be workshop input throughout on research methodology, publication and dissemination, and using your own research projects for each module to build expertise and understanding in early childhood research methodology.
Students participating in a blended learning pathway will access all module information from the University’s Virtual Learning Environment and in addition have the opportunity to participate in online discussions and video/teleconferences.