The course aims to introduce students to the basic principles of Pedagogy that relate to children’s learning process. The module aims to help students to:
• Learn the basic theories and pedagogical approaches of the major pedagogists (e.g. Comenius, Rousseau, Pestalozzi, Froebel, Dewey, Montessori) and be able to identify these in practice
• Become familiar with the main epistemological approaches and representative theories of learning (behaviourism, constructivist, experiential, cognitive, etc.)
• Understand the basic stages of cognitive and linguistic development in children as well as the pedagogical practices that facilitate their development
Course Content (Syllabus)
2. Theories of learning
8. Stages of cognitive and linguistic development in children as well as the pedagogical practices that facilitate their development
3. Great philosophers and pedagogues: Ancient Greeks, Part I
4. Great philosophers and pedagogues: Ancient Greeks, Part II
5.The Enlightenment Era: Comenius and Rousseau
6.The Romantics:Part I, Pestalozzi
7.The Romantics:Part II, Froebel
8. John Dewey
9. Maria Montessori and the Montessori method
10. Recent developments
Additional bibliography for study
Bruce, T. (2005) Developing Learning in Early Childhood. London: Paul Chapman Publishing.
Cameron, L. (2001). Teaching Languages to Young Learners. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Dunn, O. (1990). Beginning English with Young Learners. London: Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
Isaacs, B. (2007) Bringing the Montessori Approach to Your Early Years Practice. David Fulton Publishers Ltd, Routledge Education.
Miller L. and L. Pound (eds) (2010). Theories and Approaches to Learning in the Early Years. London: Sage Publications Ltd.
Palmer, J. (ed.) (2001). Fifty Major Thinkers on Education. London: Routledge.
Pound, L. (2008). How Children Learn-Book 2. London: Step Forward Publishing Ltd
Pound, L. (2005). How Children Learn. London: Step Forward Publishing Ltd
Schunk, D. H. (2007). Learning Theories: An Educational Perspective. New York: Prentice Hall.
Scott, W., & Ytreberg, LL. (1990). Teaching English to children. London: Longman.
Whitehead, M. (2004). Language and Literacy in the eraly years. London: Sage Publications
Wood, D. (1988). How Children Think and Learn. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.