Short Title:Curriculum Design
Full Title:Curriculum Design
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:CURR H4006
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 builds on the previous models of curriculum development and aims to prepare students to design and plan curriculum for babies, toddlers and young children It provides a study of the theories of curriculum design from planning stage to implementation and evaluation; it also reviews the social, cultural and political influences on curriculum from both national and international perspectives. The module is framed by social-constructivist theory. The module aims to equip the learner with generic as well as specialised skills in curriculum design which would allow them create a small scale curriculum for a particular learning situation in the early childhood care and education setting or participate in curriculum design in a collaborative setting. Emphasis is places on the practitioner’s role in analysing, planning and creating an appropriate learning environment for and with young children.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Summarise influences on curriculum design
LO2 Synthesise the underlying theories which underpin curriculum design
LO3 Critically reflect on the changing nature of curriculum design
LO4 Design a curriculum within one's own area of interest
LO5 Investigate individual differences and learning styles in children and adults
LO6 Account for the use of differentiated curriculum for a child with particular learning needs.

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Assessment of the module will be by one project where the student will apply the concepts taught to the design of a curriculum, for a traditional or non-traditional setting, to include programme philosophy, goals, content, assessment, equity issues and overall evaluation of the curriculum design. The student will write a justification of their decisions at each stage in the process. 1,4,5 100.00 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
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
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
  • Faragher, J. and MacNaughton, G. 1998, Working with Young Children, 2nd ed. Ed., RMIT Publishing [ISBN: 0864447272]
  • Kelly, A.V. 2009, The Curriculum, 2nd ed. Ed., SAGE [ISBN: 1446245543]
  • MacNaughton, G. 2003, Shaping Early Childhood, McGraw-Hill Education (UK) [ISBN: 0335226280]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Barrow, R. 2015, Giving Teaching Back to Teachers, Routledge [ISBN: 131741215X]
  • Dewey, J. 1920, The Child and the Curriculum, Library of Alexandria [ISBN: 1465558101]
  • Freire, P. 2009, Teachers As Cultural Workers, Westview Press [ISBN: 0786737239]
  • Grundy, S. 2013, Curriculum: Product Or Praxis?, Routledge [ISBN: 1136612734]
  • Jeffs, T. and Smith, M. 2005, Informal Education, 3rd ed. Ed., Educational Heretics Press [ISBN: 1900219298]
  • Mac Naughton, G. and Williams, G. 2008, Teaching Young Children: Choices In Theory And Practice, 2nd ed. Ed., McGraw-Hill Education (UK) [ISBN: 0335235921]
  • MacNaughton, G. 2005, Doing Foucault in Early Childhood Studies, Psychology Press [ISBN: 041532100X]
  • Mhic MhathĂșna,M., Taylor, M. 2012, Early Childhood Education and Care, Gill & MacMillan [ISBN: 071715324X]
  • Shepherd Knowles, M. 1980, The Modern Practice of Adult Education, Association Press [ISBN: 0809617560]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
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 8 Elective