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

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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