International Perspectives on Literacy and Numeracy in Early Childhood Education and Care


This module is designed to develop the learners knowledge and understanding of the role of literacy and numeracy in the early years for children and their families. The aim of the module is to critically evaluate national and international perspectives for literacy and numeracy. How literacy and numeracy initiatives are embedded in national and international frameworks will be explored and appraised. In particular in relation to international practices and national frameworks of Better Outcomes Brighter Futures 2014 - 2020 and First 5: A Whole Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children and their Families 2019 - 2028

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the pedagogical practices to support children's emergent literacy and numeracy development.

  2. Demonstrate practices that support literacy and numeracy development for children 0-6 years old and the impact of this on families and communities.

  3. Critically appraise contemporary National and International initiatives to support literacy and numeracy development. 

  4. Evaluate curriculum approaches in relation to literacy and numeracy including Síolta (2006), Aistear (2009), Better Outcomes Brighter Future 2014 - 2020 and First 5 2019 - 2028.

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