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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Multimodality in Early Childhood
Module Code EC322
School 77
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Fiona Giblin
Semester 2: Fiona Giblin
Autumn: Fiona Giblin
Module TeachersMaire Ni Bhroin
Fiona Giblin
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only
August Assessment

This module aims to support the student in addressing and scaffolding the multiple modes in which young children interpret and communicate meaning. During the module, the use of linguistic, visual, audio, gestural and spatial modes will be examined in order to understand the communicative relationship between the educator and the young child. Additionally, the key means in which young children express their learning and themselves through the various forms and representations namely play and art will be explored. The different ways in which digital technologies can support early learning provide a context within which to consider how technology can be used by children to make and express meaning and to communicate ideas and information. The support that young children need to use a range of technologies for meaning making and communication are considered.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critique the literature on young children’s multimodal meaning making and communication in early childhood.
2. Explore how young children use different modes for making and expressing meaning.
3. Plan and design appropriate learning experiences that engage children in using a range of modes for making meaning and expressing.
4. Demonstrate the ways in which all young children can be enabled in engage in art and play and use a range of digital technologies when making and expressing meaning.
5. Appraise resources that support young children’s multimodal meaning making and communication in an early years educational setting.
6. Evaluate young children’s multimodal meaning making using digital technologies in an early years educational setting.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Workshop20Participation in weekly 2hr workshops to interrogate theoretical concepts and multimodal contexts and resources
Field Trip2Application and evaluation of digital play experiences with young children in an early childhood education setting
Portfolio Preparation22Creation of artefacts and design of eporfolio for assessment
Independent Study60Reading to support learning. Planning and designing digital play experiences for fieldtrip.
Assignment Completion21Completion of essay
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Multimodality in Early Childhood
If all children are to become competent and confident communicators and meaning makers, then all children need multimodal opportunities to be become proficient in their use and combination of modes through various representations and diverse contexts. By participating in lectures and completing the preparatory activities, students will develop their knowledge and skills to support and provide multimodal learning experiences in the early years settings. Students will: •Discuss and critique weekly course literature and content on multimodality by writing reflections in journal •Complete the Book Creator Certified Author course to receive a digital badge •Make meaning from multiliteracies in the format of picture books and digital animations •Create a multimodal picture book in digital format using the Book Creator app •Present resources/stimuli/objects you personally created during the module which support multimodality including creating a diorama •Engage in the multimodal context of block play and photograph a block structure created in the workshop •Watch a video clip to analyse how could you support children's symbolic representation and transformation, communication skills by providing open-ended resources to support children's multimodal learning •Appraise digital tools and resources that support young children’s multimodal communication and meaning making in digital play •Plan a multimodal experience using digital tools in an early years classroom •Work with a small group of children to support multimodality in the early years classroom

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Digital ProjectCreation of learning eporfolio with artefacts to demonstrate participation and learning50%Sem 2 End
EssayIndividual written essay critically analysing theory and practice supporting multimodality in early childhood50%Sem 2 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
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