Short Title:Curriculum Development
Full Title:Curriculum Development
Module Code:CURR H4004
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 aims to give the learner the opportunity to engage in greater depth with the notion of curriculum and to consider some of the philosophical and theoretical issues underpinning curriculum design as well as societal and political influences. It aims to highlight the fact that curriculum permeates all organised activities undertaken in formal learning settings. It also aims to give the learners the opportunity to consider again some of the previously studied curricula and the national quality and curriculum frameworks and to critically analyse them from the point of view of their conceptualisation, curricular position and implementation. The need for flexibility, adaptability and equity will be considered for different social and cultural contexts.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Analyse the development of the main philosophies, theories and traditions that underpin curricula
LO2 Compare the main stakeholders who impact on curriculum development
LO3 Appraise current trends and policies in early childhood care and education which impact on the child, family, the practitioner, and the curriculum developer
LO4 Critically reflect on one’s own role in emergent and developmental curriculum and planning
LO5 Appraise one’s own possibilities and choices in shaping a curriculum position
LO6 Debate the importance of children's voice and active engagement in curriculum development and planning

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Presentation n/a 4,5 40.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam n/a 1,2,3,4,5,6 60.00 End-of-Semester

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
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning 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
Independent Learning No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Lecture No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 5.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • CECDE 2006, Siolta:The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education, Dublin
  • Kelly, A. V. 2009, The Curriculum, SAGE [ISBN: 1446245543]
  • Mac Naughton, G. 2003, Shaping Early Childhood: Learners, Curriculum And Contexts, McGraw-Hill Education (UK) [ISBN: 0335211062]
  • Murray, C. and Urban, M. 2012, Diversity & Equality in Early Childhood, Gill & MacMillan [ISBN: 0717149943]
  • NCCA 2008, The Framework for Early Learning
Recommended Book Resources
  • Bruner, J. S. 1996, The Culture of Education, Harvard University Press [ISBN: 0674179536]
  • Mhathúna, M. M. and Taylor, M. 2012, Early Childhood Education and Care, Gill & MacMillan [ISBN: 071715324X]
  • NCCA 2004, Primary School Curriculum, The Stationery Office Dublin
  • Sellers, M. 2013, Young Children Becoming Curriculum, Routledge [ISBN: 1136280030]
  • Stacey, S. 2008, Emergent Curriculum in Early Childhood Settings, Redleaf Press [ISBN: 1605540897]
  • Stroh, K., Robinson, T., Proctor, A. 2008, Every Child Can Learn, SAGE [ISBN: 1446242722]
  • Wood, E. 2008, The Routledge Reader in Early Childhood Education, Routledge [ISBN: 0415451523]
  • Lindon, J. 2013, Reflective Practice and Early Years Professionalism, 2nd Edition Linking Theory and Practice, Hachette UK [ISBN: 1444189417]
Required Article/Paper Resources
  • Urban, M.,Vandenbroeck, M., Peeters, J 2011, Competence Requirements in Early Childhood, EU Commission
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HCHCE_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Early Childhood Care and Education 7 Mandatory