About the education
This course provides an introduction to the learning environments and explorative approaches of Swedish preschools. Preschools are highlighted as a venue for children’s participation and influence in relation to children’s rights.
The course provides insight into the development and philosophy of Swedish preschools, with links between the view on children, learning, play, care, and childhood conditions. In addition, the course includes study visits to preschools and other institutions and activities for children.
For students interested in studying 30 ECTS credits during one semester, two other courses in early childhood education are also offered;
Subject: Early Childhood Education
Are you interested in young children’s learning and learning conditions in combination with the traditions and knowledge of the preschool teacher profession? Early childhood education is an trans-disciplinary subject that unites the conditions for young children’s learning and meaning making in relation to children’s explorations of different subject contents. In this process children’s play has a central role.
Early childhood education also addresses the pedagogical and didactic considerations within the scope of the preschool teaching profession in order to follow young children’s exploration and learning strategies within different thematic areas. Here special emphasis is on active listening and designing integrated learning environments that can meet and challenge children’s exploration processes. Emphasis is also placed on ethical and aesthetic relations and processes. Pedagogical documentation and assessment in relation to the goals of preschool has a central position in early childhood education.
Furthermore early childhood education accommodates broad questions about how laws, political decisions and structural conditions influence young children’s learning processes in preschool. In this context aspects such as social class, gender, ethnicity and their impact on children’s experiences are central. Developing the basis for parent participation is also an essential part of early childhood education.
Area of interest: Human, Social and Political Sciences, and Law
Are you interested in human beings and society? How we function individually and together, what drives us, our learning processes, how rules and laws have been established, and how we interact with each other? If that is the case we have a lot to offer.
This area of interest covers anything from Pedagogy, Psychology and Gender Studies, to Statistics, Political Science, Law and many other subjects. Their common denominator is the relation between human beings and society, independent analytical thinking and often an international perspective.