An exploration of early childhood curriculum, with a particular focus on Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum framework.
This course provides students with an introduction to the New Zealand early childhood
curriculum, Te Wh?üriki, through an exploration of its historical, political, social,
ideological, theoretical and cultural contexts. It will also allow students to gain
both content and pedagogical content knowledge of ICT (Information Communication Technology),
mathematics and technology.
This introduction provides a foundation for two future courses: Weaving Curriculum (EDCR 201) and Living Curriculum (EDCR 301), which will deepen students' knowledge and understandings of the implementation of the early childhood curriculum.
|Paper title||Exploring Curriculum|
|Points||18 points 18 points|
|Teaching period(s)||First Semester, First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$829.65|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,656.70|
- Limited to
- BEdSt, BTchg
- Early Childhood Education students only.
- Teaching staff
- Paper Co-ordinator: Meredith Kelly
Judy Layland (Dunedin), Pauline Smith (Southland)
- Paper Structure
- What is curriculum in the early years?
- The context of Te WhÄriki
- Historical, cultural, ideological, political, social
- Theoretical Te WhÄriki, as a bicultural framework
- Aims, philosophy, aspiration statement
- Principles and strands
- Te Ao MÄori and two worldviews
- The pedagogy of play
- Pedagogical approaches
- Key elements and pedagogic approaches
- ICT: A curriculum tool for learning
- Required Texts:
- Lee, W., Carr, M., Soutar, B. & Mitchell, L. (2013). Understanding the te whariki approach: Early years education in practice. Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.
- Hemara, W. (2000). M?üori pedagogies - a view from the literature. Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Council for Educational Research.
- New Zealand Ministry of Education. (1996). Te wh?üriki: He wh?üriki matauranga mo ng´?¢ mokopuna o Aotearoa: Early childhood curriculum. Wellington, New Zealand: 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.
- Online te reo M?üori dictionary http://www.tewhanake.maori.nz/
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural
understanding, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
- To explore and describe what curriculum means in early childhood settings.
- To examine the historical, cultural, ideological, political, social and theoretical context of the early childhood curriculum, Te WhÄriki.
- To gain an understanding of Te WhÄriki, as a bicultural curriculum framework with its underpinning aims, philosophy, principles and strands in practice.
- To construct content and pedagogical content knowledge in relation to the learning areas of mathematics and technology that are relevant to learners in the early childhood context.