Graduate School of Education and Sport

MSc Education (Early Childhood Practice and Froebel) pathway

This pathway is for those who have an interest in early childhood education and want to gain an advanced and critical understanding of Froebelian principles and other contemporary early years pedagogies.

This pathway celebrates and responds to an international trend of recognizing the importance of the early years, resulting in an increased focus on policy and research in this field, and a growing professionalization of the practice sector globally.

Drawing on interdisciplinary perspectives from childhood practice, pedagogy, sociology, education, social policy and law, the pathway addresses questions such as:

  • What does a Froebelian principled approach to working with young children entail?
  • How can early years practice and policy recognize the integrity of childhood and the holistic nature of children’s development?
  • What does effective leadership and management in the early years look like?
  • How can early childhood education promote social justice and inclusion?
  • What is the role of play and creativity in early childhood education?
  • How do we promote the human rights of young children?

Why choose this pathway?

This pathway is aimed at students who have an interest in early childhood practice, in particular the work of Friedrich Froebel and other contemporary early years pedagogies and social justice approaches in the early years.

Froebelian pedagogy promotes a principled approach to working with young children, which resonates strongly with the field of childhood studies and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. 

The pathway has been designed to help students think about current developments in early childhood education.  It will appeal to students who want to make a positive contribution to practice, policy and research on children’s learning, development and rights, play, outdoor learning, equitable practices, participation and integrated working.

Aims of the pathway

This course will enable students to

  • Develop a critical understanding of Froebelian principles and adopt a holistic approach to working with young children through research, practice and policy in the field of early years.
  • Gain a critical understanding of a variety of contrasting academic writings on childhood including Scottish, European and international ideas.
  • Analyse and reflect on social justice practices and approaches in early childhood, including children’s rights and anti-discriminatory approaches.
  • Be reflexive about their own practice and/or their understandings of early childhood.

Pathway structure

Compulsory courses

  • Education Policy and the Politics of Education or The Philosophy of Education
  • Pedagogy and Practice of Friedrich Froebel for the early years
  • Froebel, Social Justice and the Early Years
  • Listening to Children: Research and Consultation

Option courses

In addition, you will be required to complete two option courses, selected from a broad range on offer within the Moray House School of Education and the wider University. Our option courses change each year, but in the past, courses in this area have included:

  • Childhood and Children’s Rights
  • Comparative Education and International Development
  • Children and Technology
  • Learning in Communities: Place, Power and Pedagogy
  • Youth Studies
  • The Curriculum: Context, Change and Development
  • Developing Professional Identity
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Foundations of International Child Protection

Dissertation

On successful completion of the core and option courses, and should you wish to progress to the MSc, you will complete a dissertation project which is a piece of independent, original research of 12,000 words.

Further information

For more information contact Dr Lynn McNair OBE or Dr Marlies Kustatscher.

Dr Lynn McNair OBE

Dr Marlies Kustatscher

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