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|
|Teaching period||Full Year|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$829.65|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,656.70|
- Limited to
- (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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:
- Critically discuss the historical, political and cultural context of early childhood services in Aotearoa
- Develop an understanding of the historical, theoretical, cultural and structural features of Te WhÄriki - the early childhood curriculum framework
- Critically examine pedagogical implications of Te WhÄriki - the early childhood curriculum framework
- Explore sociocultural and narrative assessment for young children's learning
- Demonstrate an understanding of professionalism in early childhood education