Singapore University of Social Sciences

Comparative Approaches and Practices in Early Childhood Education

Comparative Approaches and Practices in Early Childhood Education (ECE505)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Education

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


The course aims to extend the early childhood educator’s perspective of effective approaches and practices through the examination and comparison of regional, local and international models of early childhood care and education. Course participants will deepen their knowledge through reflective critique and engagement in comparative analyses and discourse of key models by examining their beliefs, philosophies and practices. These will serve to provide insights into quality models such as the Reggio Emilia, HighScope and Forest School approaches, and stimulate innovative ideas and recommendations for reshaping curriculum and practices to enhance current practices in the local sector.

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


  • Historical perspectives of early childhood care and education internationally and locally
  • Framing the practice: Beliefs and approaches that shape early childhood care and education
  • Influential theories: Multiple intelligences, Tools of the mind, Bio-ecological model
  • Constructivism in early childhood education
  • Criteria that determine effective approaches
  • International models of early childhood education: Effective practices and desired outcomes (Reggio Emilia, Highscope, and Forest School)
  • Regional models of effective early childhood practices in Japan, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong
  • Local models of child development centres in Singapore (Inquiry-based approach, Project approach, Multiple Intelligences approach)
  • Comparative analyses of different curriculum approaches and models
  • Implications for curriculum development
  • Implications for teaching and training
  • Implications for research and policies in early childhood care and education

Learning Outcome

  • Distinguish key features of common practices of the various types of approaches
  • Appraise the philosophies and beliefs of different approaches
  • Analyse influences that frame early childhood practices
  • Compare common early childhood programme models
  • Critique the effectiveness of pedagogical practices of early childhood programme models
  • Evaluate ways of reshaping curriculum to enhance practices for the benefits of children and families.
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