You will work in groups to design and implement these two inquiries. You task is to think, play, talk, ask questions, read, learn, and invent together.
Early Childhood Education Pedagogies Blog
The purpose of the assignment is to create a a lively space for dialogue for thinking with ideas.
About the Course
The Ontario Ministry of Education has recently released The Kindergarten Program (2016) which, together with How does Learning Happen? Ontario Pedagogy for the Early Years (2014), shifts “from a traditional pedagogy to one centred on the child”. Such shift involves rethinking learning as a process that takes place through relationships, teaching as a mode of encountering questions and engaging in complicated conversations, and assessment as a process to make children’s thinking and learning visible. The course is designed to provide teacher candidates with a complex and critical understanding of these ideas. Drawing on postfoundational perspectives, the course considers the social, political, cultural, and environmental implications of early childhood curricula for young children, teachers, educators, and communities. By creatively engaging in curricula inquiries, teacher candidates learn how to enact pedagogies that respond to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century, and foster ethical, recuperative and flourishing futures.
Critical approaches to early childhood curriculum and pedagogy
Enhancing children’s meaning making through inquiry-based learning
Pedagogical documentation for creative and investigative curriculum development
Connections to curricular commonplaces in the Ontario context
Dr. Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw
Readings Journeys – Chapter 6 Dahlberg, G., & Moss, P. (2005). Ethics and Politics in Early Childhood Education. NY: Routledge. Chapter 6 Todd, S. (2001). `Bringing more than I contain’: ethics, curriculum and the pedagogical demand for altered egos. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 33(4), 431-450. As Gunilla Dahlberg and Peter Moss (2005) argue, in[…]
Readings Review articles in the following special issue: Wildcat, M., Irlbacher-Fox, S., Coulthard, G., & McDonald, M. (2014). Indigenous Land-Based Education (Special Issue). Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, 3(3). http://decolonization.org/index.php/des/issue/view/1584/showToc Activities Plan an inquiry or a provocation (not activities) for a small group of young children and possibly their families that would invite an engagement[…]
Readings Olsson, L. (2012). Eventicizing Curriculum: Learning to Read and Write through Becoming a Citizen of the World. JCT (Online) 28(1), 88-107. Claudia Giudici. (2011). The enchantment of writing: Approaches to literacy development in the experience of the Reggio Emilia Municipal Infant-Toddle Centres and Preschools, and with the Primary school. Innovations 18(2), 1-20. In[…]
Kei Tua o te Pae Kei Tua o te Pae/Assessment for Learning: Early Childhood Exemplars
Designing spaces for problem solving and inquiry Readings Ceppi, G. and Zini, M. (Eds.). (1998). Children, spaces, relations: Metaproject for an environment for young children. Milan: Reggio Children and Domus Academy Research Center. Chapter 1 (keywords) + pp. 114-120. Rotas, N. (2015). Running ecologies: Thinking movement pedagogically. Inflexions, 8, 185-189. Activities Design a space that attends to[…]
Blog Entry Continue our class discussion – read the boy’s project in The City of Regio documentation and identify relevant expectations in the Kindergarten Program. Alternative Blog Entry Hillevi Lenz Taguchi (2016) challenges us to think differently about the concepts we use in education – specifically, she reviews “the contemporary obsession with the Neuro(n)” (p. 213).[…]
In this video Vivian Gussin Paley speaks about listening and living with children in the messiness of every day life – thinking together to create a relevant, engaging and meaningful curriculum
Understandably, I have received many great questions about the assignments. Here is more information that might help you to continue to think about the visual journal and the blog. The Blog Consider the difference between an academic summary and a blog posting. A blog posting is more informal and engaging than a summary. You are writing to[…]
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Here is a list of early childhood education resources published by the Ontario Ministry of Education. We will be referring to these documents in class.