Professional studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is to understand the child´s learning and developmental processes.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to - clarify the learning processes of the child and see the meaning of play in children´s learning and developmental processes. - reflect on how to notice and meet the needs of children in pedagogical work. - show pedagogical skills in planning, realization and evaluation of pedagogical work. - describe what social education means in a day-care environment.

Course contents

Preschool education

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Growth and childhood

Recommended or required reading

Helenius, A., Karila, K. Munter, H., Mäntynen, P., Siren-Tiusanen, H. 2001. Pienet päivähoidossa. Alle kolmivuotiaiden lasten varhaiskasvatuksen perusteita. Helsinki: WSOY. 289 s. ISBN: 951-0-25675-7. Hujala, E., Puroila, A-M., Parrila-Haapakoski, S. & Nivala, V. 2007. Päivähoidosta varhaiskasvatukseen. Jyväskylä: Varhaiskasvatus 90 Oy. 243 s. ISBN: 951-97374-1-3. Juul, J. & Jensen, H.2010. Relationskompetens i pedagogernas värld. Stockholm:Liber. Pramling Samuelsson, I. & Sheridan, S. 2006. Lärandets grogrund. Lund: Studentlitteratur. 152 s. ISBN: 9789144015224. Stakes. 2003. Varhaiskasvatussuunnitelman perusteet. Helsinki: Stakes. 48 s. ISBN: 951-33 1540-1.(Grunderna för planen för småbarnsfostran. Den andra korrigerade upplagan 2005) Selected articles presented on the course introduction.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 30 hours
  • Small-group work - 40 hours
  • Individual studies - 63 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 133 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)
  • Demonstrations and proficiency exams

Assessment requirements

Tutorials and seminars are compulsory. See ARBS for timetabels for tutorials. Evaluation based on: Tutorials 33% Seminars 33 % PBL examination 33 %


  • Brantberg Bettina
  • Cederberg Arla
  • Kiukas Carina
  • Nordlund-Spiby Rut
  • Silius-Ahonen Ellinor
  • Wickholm Linda


Kiukas Carina

Home page of the course


Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

The timetable of the course

Meddelas senare

Assessment methods

  • 2014-04-10 - Exams
  • 2014-04-08 - Demonstrations and presentations

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