Singapore University of Social Sciences

Child Development and Early Childhood Curriculum: Shifts in Research

Child Development and Early Childhood Curriculum: Shifts in Research (CET501)

Applications Open: 01 April 2021

Applications Close: 31 May 2021

Next Available Intake: July 2021

Course Types: Modular Graduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $2200 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: General Studies

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: SkillsFuture

School/Department: Centre for Continuing & Professional Education


This course provides an overview of how child development research and more contemporary views on brain development have influenced changes in early childhood curriculum and pedagogy around the world and in Singapore. This knowledge should provide participants with an understanding of how “quality” in early childhood care and education is continually defined in different ways to meet different accountability needs. The course will enable participants to (re)think their image of young children as active thinkers and learners, provide opportunity for participants to be able to observe children in their learning process, and facilitate participants’ understanding of what adults should do and say in order to facilitate young children’s active and experiential learning. This course should serve the needs of those who are working on policies, programmes or projects pertaining to improving the lives of young children and their families.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July


  • Contemporary Views of Children’s Learning and Development (Infant, Toddlers, Preschoolers)
  • Neuroscience Research and its Influence on Early Childhood Education
  • Evolution of Curricular Approaches as Influenced by Child Development Perspectives
  • Play and Experiential Learning in Early Childhood Settings
  • Language Acquisition and Bilingual Learning
  • Various Discourses about Quality in Early Childhood Care and Education
  • The Adult’s Responsive Role in Young Children’s Learning Process
  • Transitions Faced by Young Children
  • Observing Children as Meaning Makers
  • Home Learning Environments
  • Strengthening Communities and Integrated Services for Children and Families
  • Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Needs

Learning Outcome

  • Compare Major Findings in Child Development Research
  • Discuss Ways in Which Child Development Findings have Influenced Curricular Approaches
  • Contrast Aspects of Singapore’s National Early Childhood Curriculum Frameworks with Those Found Elsewhere in the World
  • Examine How Individual Children Learn
  • Create a Series of Play-Based Learning Experiences Informed by Contemporary Views on Child Development
  • Evaluate How Adults’ Use of Language to Facilitate Child Learning can be Improved
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