Early Childhood Education focusing on Science and Education for Sustainability
12 credits cr.
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This course provides theories on children’s learning in science. It covers concepts and theories relating to science phenomena and sustainable development.
The course has an exploratory, project-oriented approach. Pedagogical documentation is used as a tool for recording children’s questions and actions, and for planning, analysing, and evaluating teaching activities related to the topics of the course. The significance of the teaching environment and material for children’s exploration is at focus and aesthetic forms of expression are used to understand, communicate and create knowledge.
The course is offered for international exchange students, students from the Program in Early Childhood Education as well as students who have applied for the course as a free standing (single subject) course.
Information due to Covid-19
The autumn semester 2021
More information about the teaching format for the autumn semester 2021is available at the web page for the Department of Child and Youth Studies
The course is offered spring and autumn semesters.
Study pace: Full time studies, 100%.
The course consists of two modules:
- Early Childhood Educational Perspective on Science and Education for Sustainability and
- Subject Learning and Teaching on Science and Education for Sustainability.
The following topics are covered in the course module Early Childhood Educational Perspective on Science and Education for Sustainability (8 credits):
- scientific exploration in preschools using project-based work, aesthetic forms of expression and outdoor teaching activities;
- sustainable development from the perspective of early childhood education;
- the teaching environment and the significance of materials for children’s scientific exploration and meaning-making;
- pedagogical documentation as a tool for highlighting children’s thoughts and ideas about scientific phenomena and sustainable development;
- communicating science and sustainability by means of aesthetic expressions, play and digital tools.
The following topics are covered in the course module Subject Learning and Teaching on Science and Education for Sustainability (4 credits):
- basic scientific and technological terminology, models and theories, with a special focus on ecology, natural cycles and sustainable development;
- basic terminology concerning chemical processes and physical phenomena;
- learning for sustainable development and different forms of participation;
- outdoor didactic approaches with focus on science.
Instruction is given in the form of lectures, seminars, supervision sessions, laboratory work, and excursions, as well as via the learning and collaboration platform Athena.
Specified teaching sessions are mandatory. Absence must be compensated for as described in the study guide.
The Study Guide for the course will be published at the latest one month prior to the course start.
Study Guide Autumn semester 2021 (to be published at the latest one month prior to the course start)
Study Guide Spring semester 2022 (to be published at the latest one month prior to the course start)
Forms of examination
- The course module Early Childhood Educational Perspective on Science and Education for Sustainability is examined on the basis of an individual paper focusing (grading A-F) and an oral group presentation (grading G-U).
- The course module Subject learning and teaching in Science and Education for Sustainability is examined on the basis of an individual reflection on seminars (grading G-U).
In order to pass the course, students must at least receive grade E or G on all examinations, complete all assignments as per the course description (study guide) and complete all obligatory attendance.
For details and deadlines regarding examinations please see the study guide for the relevant semester.
Next opportunity for re-examination
The next opportunity for re-examination is April 5th until April 14th 2021.
The assignment is handed in via the course page in Athena in the re-examination folder under resources.
Students that were enrolled before the spring semester 2021 need to email the course administrator at the latest Novembe March 29th to sign up. This is necessary in order to get access to the Athena page in time for the re-examination.
Spring semester 2021 and autumn semester 2021: Emilie Moberg
Spring semester 2022:
ScheduleThe schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
The course is offered the following periods
- Spring semester 2021 January 18th until March 8th
- Schedule spring semester 2021 Please note that the schedule is preliminary until one month prior to the course start.
- Autumn semester 2021 August 30th until October 15th
- Schedule autumn semester 2021 (to be updated at the latest one month prior to the course start).
- Spring semester 2020 (to be updated)
- Schedule spring semester 2022 (to be updated at the latest one month prior to the course start).
Course literatureNote that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
The course literature will be published at the latest two months prior to the course start.
Combine courses to study a full semester
Please note that it is possible to combine with the two following courses in order to study a full semester (30 ECTS) focusing on science, technology, education for sustainable development, mathematics and explorative learning in the context of early childhood education.
How to apply
It is important that you docucment your eligibility and language proficiency in your application. You can find more information at universityadmissions.se:
Please note that exchange students apply according to a separate routine.
International freemover students
International students create an account and submit an online application via the central Swedish application site: www.universityadmissions.se
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Studying at Stockholm University
Please note that the lectures/seminars will take place at serveral different areas of the Stockholm University campus. Please take the time to check directions before the lectures.
In most cases you have lectures at the Department of Child and Youth Studies. See directions to the Department of Child and Youth Studies.
You will also have a few lectures at the Department of Mathematics and Science Education.
See directions to the Department of Mathematics and Science Education
Meet our students
My experiences as an exchange student at the Department of Child and Youth Studies
The exchange student Deborah Suter from Switzerland was studying courses in Early Childhood Education during fall semester 2018 at The Department of Child and Youth Studies. Read about her experiences.Photo: Deborah Suter.
If you have questions regarding the content of the course please contact the teacher responsible for the course.
If you have administrative questions regarding admissions, registration, registration of grades, the learning and collaboration platform Athena etc. please contact the course administrator.