EDUC 5461 Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Learning in Early Childhood II


Visual Journal

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

Designed to deepen understandings of early childhood education curriculum and pedagogical practices
Focusses on new possibilities of inquiry-based learning

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

    Strand One

  • Enhancing children’s meaning making through inquiry-based learning

    Strand Two

  • Pedagogical documentation for creative and investigative curriculum development

    Strand Three

  • Connections to curricular commonplaces in the Ontario context

    Strand Four


Dr. Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw

Teaching Outline