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MOOC Review: Early Childhood Education

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Provider: Open 2 Study (Australia) [course page]

Ilha de Santa Helena / Saint Helen's Island

Ilha de Santa Helena / Saint Helen’s Island (Photo credit: Marcio Cabral de Moura)

Lecturer: Caitlin O’Connell and Helen Lawrence
Subject: Education / Early Childhood Education
Delivery: Intake-based asynchronous study 
Completion Date: 10/06/2013

Description: Caitlin O’Connell and Helen Lawrence discuss how children develop between the ages of 0 and 5 years of age and how the people around them can facilitate them growing into healthy adults.

Strengths: Caitlin O’Connell and Helen Lawrence do a wonderful job of teaching students about the various developmental stages of young children. In the first module, they also discuss the various childcare settings that a child may be entrusted to and what these can potentially provide children in care. They offer useful suggestions for individuals looking to facilitate a child becoming a healthy adult.

Weaknesses: Where’s my Elephant? 😉

Conclusion: I have considered studying childcare in the past, but my main reason for studying this course was to see how the methods I have used when dealing with the children of friends and family compared to the methods used by professionals. It also gives me some tools should my husband and I start a family. I felt myself soaking in a lot of information in a very short amount of time, these two wonderful teachers teaching some rather engaging material during each topical lecture. And given the move to improve education throughout the world, the subject is extremely relevant in the years to come. I highly recommend it for any that ever wishes to deal with anyone, not just small children, as it does give us some insight into human behaviour.


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