Singapore University of Social Sciences

Abecedarian Approach in Early Childhood Education

Abecedarian Approach in Early Childhood Education (CET233)

Applications Open: 01 April 2021

Applications Close: 31 May 2021

Next Available Intake: July 2021

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1378 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: General Studies

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: SkillsFuture

School/Department: Centre for Continuing & Professional Education


The Abecedarian Approach (AA) comprises a suite of strong teaching and learning strategies that can be used within many existing curricula. The theoretical underpinnings derive from Vygotsky’s concept of adult-mediated activities, Scaife and Bruner’s explanation of joint attention and Piaget’s sequencing of developmental progression. Also central is a focus on oral language competencies emerging from birth to age three that form a foundation for later literacy and reading. These key concepts are embodied in the Abecedarian Approach through four core educational programme elements: Language Priority, Enriched Caregiving, Conversational Reading and the Learning Games. This course includes a practicum component where learners are required to observe as well as be involved in programmes that have adopted AA into their curriculum and/or intervention work with children and families.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester


  • Abecedarian Approach (AA) - Overview and Research
  • The four core elements of the Abecedarian Approach and the effect on child development and learning
  • Using Language Priority: the 3N strategy
  • Enriched Caregiving: Incorporating “connection” and “content” into daily caregiving routines
  • Conversational Reading: the 3S Strategy
  • Selecting Appropriate books for Conversational Reading
  • Introduction to LearningGames: the 3R Strategy
  • Selecting appropriate LearningGames activities to support and enhance child development and learning
  • Integrating AA into Early Childhood Programmes & Family Engagement
  • Setting up the environment to support children’s learning and family engagement
  • Planning and Record Keeping
  • Implementation Fidelity

Learning Outcome

  • Explain the four core elements of the Abecedarian Approach and the effect on child development and learning
  • Demonstrate Conversational Reading techniques and skilfully apply the 3S Strategy.
  • Compare and contrast typical caregiving with Enriched Caregiving
  • Implement various Language Priority techniques including the 3N Strategy when interacting with young children
  • Develop and implement an individualized weekly plan of activities for specific children based on the Abecedarian Approach
  • Use all components of the Abecedarian Approach to teach, engage and support families


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