Short Title:Outdoor Learning and Risky Play
Full Title:Outdoor Learning and Risky Play
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:LERN H2002
 
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Child Care and youth services
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Reviewed By:Helena Doody
Module Author:Zuzana Tesarova
Module Description:This module is designed to trace the historical developments which have influenced the use of outdoors within early childhood education settings. The module will develop in the student a broad understanding of the role of outdoor play within early childhood care and education. Students will have the opportunity to investigate the main theories and pedagogies relevant to contemporary educational practice outdoors for children 0-6 years. The module will provide an awareness of the importance of maintaining a safe and secure outdoor environment, including an overview of risk management. Students will be introduced to skills in planning, designing and maintaining outdoor environments. The module will make direct links throughout with Aístear (2009) the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework, Siolta (2006) the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and the Aístear and Siolta practice guide (2015).
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Creatively plan and design an outdoor environment that supports a rich learning environment for children 0-6 years.
LO2 Engage in creative learning experiences in an appropriate way to meet the developmental age and stage of children 0-6 years.
LO3 Take responsibility in maintaining a safe and secure outdoor environment.
LO4 Evaluate the main theoretical perspectives that inform outdoor learning and risky play.
LO5 Reflect on children’s right to play outdoors and be aware of the relevant legislation and policies in this regard both national and international.
LO6 Identify how Aístear (2009) the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework, Siolta (2006) the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and the Aístear and Siolta practice guide (2015) relate to real situations in practice in the outdoor environment.
 

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Students will create and design an outdoor area that supports a rich learning environment for children 0-6 years learning and risky play. 1,2,3 50.00 n/a
Presentation Students will be required to present a presentation in relation to their design. The presentation evaluation of the main theoretical perspectives that inform outdoor learning and risky play and will reflect on children’s right to play outdoors and be aware of the relevant legislation and policies and practice guides. 5,6 50.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus 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
Independent Learning No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 5.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
 

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • White, J. 2011, Outdoor Provision in the Early Years, 2nd ed Ed., SAGE [ISBN: 1446244288]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Bilton, H. 2010, Outdoor Learning in the Early Years, 3rd ed. Ed., Routledge [ISBN: 1135281696]
  • Casey, T. 2007, Environments for Outdoor Play, SAGE [ISBN: 1848607431]
  • Casey, T. 2010, Inclusive Play, 2nd ed. Ed., SAGE [ISBN: 1446247759]
  • Clark, A., Moss, P. 2011, Listening to Young Children: The Mosaic approach, 2nd ed. Ed., Jessica Kingsley Publishers [ISBN: 190796942X]
  • Lindon, J. 2011, Too Safe for Their Own Good, 2nd ed. Ed., JKP [ISBN: 1907969144]
  • Warden, C. 2012, Nature Kindergartens and Forest Schools, 2nd ed. Ed., Mindstretchers [ISBN: 1906116091]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HCHCE_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Early Childhood Care and Education 4 Mandatory