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EDCE303 Early Childhood: A Context for Learning

Introduction to early childhood education in Aotearoa; development of an understanding of the early childhood curriculum, pedagogy and assessment to enhance the learning of all children.

Welcome to EDCE 303 Early Childhood: A context for learning. In this course students will be introduced to the early childhood profession in Aotearoa. They will develop an understanding of professional practice, early childhood curriculum, pedagogy and assessment to enhance the learning of all children.

Paper title Early Childhood: A Context for Learning
Paper code EDCE303
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $813.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Limited to
GradDipTchg
Notes
(i) Compulsory for GradDipTchg Early Childhood Education students. (ii) Subject to approval, this paper will be offered during a non-standard period comprising February - March rather than as a full-year paper.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  1. Critically discuss the historical, political and cultural context of early childhood services in Aotearoa
  2. Develop an understanding of the historical, theoretical, cultural and structural features of Te Whāriki - the early childhood curriculum framework
  3. Critically examine pedagogical implications of Te Whāriki - the early childhood curriculum framework
  4. Explore sociocultural and narrative assessment for young children's learning
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of professionalism in early childhood education
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective,Lifelong learning,Scholarship,Critical thinking,Information literacy,Research
Teaching staff
Paper Co-ordinators: Dr Alex Gunn and Judy Layland
Contact
judy.layland@otago.ac.nz
alex.gunn@otago.ac.nz
Textbooks
Required and Recommended Reading
  • Anning, A., Cullen J., & Fleer, M. (2009). Early childhood education: Society and culture. London: Sage.
  • Education Council (n.d.). Code of Ethics for Registered Teachers. Wellington: Author.
  • Education Council (n.d). Graduating Teacher Standards. Wellington: Author.
  • Education Council (n.d.). Tātaiako - Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners: A resource for use with the Graduating Teachers Standards and Practising Teacher Criteria. Wellington: Author.
  • Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations, 2008: New Zealand Legislation
  • Grey, A. & Clark, B. (2013). Ngā hurihanga ako kōhungahunga - Transformative teaching practices in early childhood education. Auckland: Pearson.
  • New Zealand Ministry of Education. (1996). Te Whāriki: He whāriki matauranga mo nga mokopuna o Aotearoa: Early childhood curriculum. Wellington, New Zealand: Learning Media.
  • May, H. (2009) Politics in the playground. The world of early childhood in New Zealand (2nd ed.) Dunedin: Otago University Press.
  • Ministry of Education. (1996) Te Whāriki, He Whāriki Mātauranga mō ngā Mokopuna o Aotearoa, Early Childhood Curriculum, Wellington: Learning Media.
  • Ministry of Education, (2004). Kei Tua o te Pae, Assessment for Learning: Early Childhood Exemplars. Wellington: Learning Media.
  • Ministry of Education, (2008). Licensing Criteria for Centre Based Education and Care Services 2008 and Early Childhood Curriculum Framework (as amended May 2015). Wellington, Learning Media.
  • Ministry of Education, (2009). Te Whatu Pōkeka, Kaupapa Māori Assessment for Learning, Early Childhood Exemplars. Wellington: Learning Media.
  • Nuttall, J. (Ed.) (2013). Weaving Te Whāriki: Aotearoa New Zealand's early childhood curriculum document in theory and practice (2nd ed.). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER.
Recommended Texts:
  • Hemara, W. (2000). Māori pedagogies: A view from the literature. Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Council for Educational Research.
  • Lee, W., Carr, M., Soutar, B. & Mitchell, L. (2013). Understanding the te whariki approach: Early years education in practice. London & New York: Routledge.
  • McLachlan, C., Fleer, M. & Edwards, S. (2013). Early childhood curriculum: Planning, assessment and implementation. Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press.
  • Smith A.B. (2013). Understanding children and childhood. Wellington: Bridget Williams Books.
Paper Structure
  • Historical, political and culture context of early childhood services in Aotearoa
  • History of early childhood education (ECE)
  • Influence of the social and cultural context on Development of ECE services
  • Te Whāriki - the historical, theoretical, cultural and structural features of the early childhood curriculum framework
  • History of the development of ECE curriculum
  • Philosophy - image of the child, image of the teacher, bicultural underpinnings
  • Theoretical perspectives
  • The structure of Te Whāriki - aspiration statement, principles, strands, goals
  • Pedagogy - implications for implementing Te Whāriki
  • Pedagogical practices in ECE
  • Play
  • Socio-cultural and narrative assessment
  • Historical and socio cultural approaches
  • Assessment in action - narrative
  • Professionalism in Early Childhood
  • Legal requirements
  • Being a teacher in ECE

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Timetable

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
T1 Friday 10:00-11:50 5
Friday 13:00-15:50 5
AND
U1 Tuesday 09:00-11:50 6
Wednesday 09:00-11:50 6
Thursday 09:00-11:50 6
Friday 09:00-11:50 6
AND
V1 Tuesday 13:00-15:50 6
Wednesday 13:00-15:50 6
Thursday 13:00-15:50 6
Friday 13:00-15:50 6
AND
W1 Thursday 14:00-16:50 9-12

Introduction to early childhood education in Aotearoa; development of an understanding of the early childhood curriculum, pedagogy and assessment to enhance the learning of all children.

Welcome to EDCE 303 Early Childhood: A context for learning. In this course students will be introduced to the early childhood profession in Aotearoa. They will develop an understanding of professional practice, early childhood curriculum, pedagogy and assessment to enhance the learning of all children.

Paper title Early Childhood: A Context for Learning
Paper code EDCE303
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

^ Top of page

Limited to
GradDipTchg
Notes
(i) Compulsory for GradDipTchg Early Childhood Education students. (ii) Subject to approval, this paper will be offered during a non-standard period comprising February - March rather than as a full-year paper.
Contact
judy.layland@otago.ac.nz
alex.gunn@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Paper Co-ordinators: Dr Alex Gunn and Judy Layland
Paper Structure
  • Historical, political and culture context of early childhood services in Aotearoa
  • History of early childhood education (ECE)
  • Influence of the social and cultural context on Development of ECE services
  • Te WhÄriki - the historical, theoretical, cultural and structural features of the early childhood curriculum framework
  • History of the development of ECE curriculum
  • Philosophy - image of the child, image of the teacher, bicultural underpinnings
  • Theoretical perspectives
  • The structure of Te WhÄriki - aspiration statement, principles, strands, goals
  • Pedagogy - implications for implementing Te WhÄriki
  • Pedagogical practices in ECE
  • Play
  • Socio-cultural and narrative assessment
  • Historical and socio cultural approaches
  • Assessment in action - narrative
  • Professionalism in Early Childhood
  • Legal requirements
  • Being a teacher in ECE
Textbooks
Required and Recommended Reading
  • Anning, A., Cullen J., & Fleer, M. (2009). Early childhood education: Society and culture. London: Sage.
  • Education Council (n.d.). Code of Ethics for Registered Teachers. Wellington: Author.
  • Education Council (n.d). Graduating Teacher Standards. Wellington: Author.
  • Education Council (n.d.). T?ütaiako - Cultural Competencies for Teachers of M?üori Learners: A resource for use with the Graduating Teachers Standards and Practising Teacher Criteria. Wellington: Author.
  • Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations, 2008: New Zealand Legislation
  • Grey, A. & Clark, B. (2013). Ng?ü hurihanga ako k?ìhungahunga - Transformative teaching practices in early childhood education. Auckland: Pearson.
  • New Zealand Ministry of Education. (1996). Te Wh?üriki: He wh?üriki matauranga mo nga mokopuna o Aotearoa: Early childhood curriculum. Wellington, New Zealand: Learning Media.
  • May, H. (2009) Politics in the playground. The world of early childhood in New Zealand (2nd ed.) Dunedin: Otago University Press.
  • Ministry of Education. (1996) Te Wh?üriki, He Wh?üriki M?ütauranga m?ì ng?ü Mokopuna o Aotearoa, Early Childhood Curriculum, Wellington: Learning Media.
  • Ministry of Education, (2004). Kei Tua o te Pae, Assessment for Learning: Early Childhood Exemplars. Wellington: Learning Media.
  • Ministry of Education, (2008). Licensing Criteria for Centre Based Education and Care Services 2008 and Early Childhood Curriculum Framework (as amended May 2015). Wellington, Learning Media.
  • Ministry of Education, (2009). Te Whatu P?ìkeka, Kaupapa M?üori Assessment for Learning, Early Childhood Exemplars. Wellington: Learning Media.
  • Nuttall, J. (Ed.) (2013). Weaving Te Wh?üriki: Aotearoa New Zealand's early childhood curriculum document in theory and practice (2nd ed.). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER.
Recommended Texts:
  • Hemara, W. (2000). M?üori pedagogies: A view from the literature. Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Council for Educational Research.
  • Lee, W., Carr, M., Soutar, B. & Mitchell, L. (2013). Understanding the te whariki approach: Early years education in practice. London & New York: Routledge.
  • McLachlan, C., Fleer, M. & Edwards, S. (2013). Early childhood curriculum: Planning, assessment and implementation. Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press.
  • Smith A.B. (2013). Understanding children and childhood. Wellington: Bridget Williams Books.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:
  1. Critically discuss the historical, political and cultural context of early childhood services in Aotearoa
  2. Develop an understanding of the historical, theoretical, cultural and structural features of Te WhÄriki - the early childhood curriculum framework
  3. Critically examine pedagogical implications of Te WhÄriki - the early childhood curriculum framework
  4. Explore sociocultural and narrative assessment for young children's learning
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of professionalism in early childhood education

^ Top of page

Timetable

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
T1 Friday 10:00-11:50 5
Friday 13:00-15:50 5
AND
U1 Monday 09:00-11:50 6
Wednesday 09:00-11:50 6
Thursday 09:00-11:50 6
Friday 09:00-11:50 6
AND
V1 Monday 13:00-15:50 6
Wednesday 13:00-15:50 6
Thursday 13:00-15:50 6
Friday 13:00-15:50 6
AND
W1 Thursday 14:00-16:50 9-12