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EDCR101 Exploring Curriculum

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 Whāriki, 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
Paper code EDCR101
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) First Semester, First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $813.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Limited to
BEdSt, BTchg
Notes
Early Childhood Education students only.
Learning Outcomes
  1. To explore and describe what curriculum means in early childhood settings.
  2. To examine the historical, cultural, ideological, political, social and theoretical context of the early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki.
  3. To gain an understanding of Te Whāriki, as a bicultural curriculum framework with its underpinning aims, philosophy, principles and strands in practice.
  4. 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.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Teaching staff
Paper Co-ordinator: Meredith Kelly (Southland campus)
Judy Layland (Dunedin), Pauline Smith (Southland)
Contact
meredith.kelly@otago.ac.nz
Textbooks
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). Māori pedagogies - a view from the literature. Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Council for Educational Research.
  • New Zealand Ministry of Education. (1996). Te whāriki: He whāriki matauranga mo ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa: Early childhood curriculum. Wellington, New Zealand: 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.
  • Online te reo Māori dictionary http://www.tewhanake.maori.nz/
Paper Structure
What is curriculum in the early years?
  • The context of Te Whāriki
  • Historical, cultural, ideological, political, social
  • Theoretical Te Whāriki, as a bicultural framework
  • Aims, philosophy, aspiration statement
  • Principles and strands
  • Te Ao Māori and two worldviews
Pedagogy
  • The pedagogy of play
  • Pedagogical approaches
Content and pedagogical content knowledge
  • Key elements and pedagogic approaches
  • Mathematics
  • Technology
  • ICT: A curriculum tool for learning

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Timetable

First Semester

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 14:00-14:50 9-15, 17-19, 22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
T1 Wednesday 09:00-10:50 9-15, 17-19, 22

First Semester

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

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
Paper code EDCR101
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) First Semester, First Semester
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.

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Limited to
BEdSt, BTchg
Notes
Early Childhood Education students only.
Contact
meredith.kelly@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Paper Co-ordinator: Meredith Kelly (Southland campus)
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
Pedagogy
  • The pedagogy of play
  • Pedagogical approaches
Content and pedagogical content knowledge
  • Key elements and pedagogic approaches
  • Mathematics
  • Technology
  • ICT: A curriculum tool for learning
Textbooks
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.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  1. To explore and describe what curriculum means in early childhood settings.
  2. To examine the historical, cultural, ideological, political, social and theoretical context of the early childhood curriculum, Te WhÄriki.
  3. To gain an understanding of Te WhÄriki, as a bicultural curriculum framework with its underpinning aims, philosophy, principles and strands in practice.
  4. 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.

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Timetable

First Semester

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 14:00-14:50 9-13, 15-19, 22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
T1 Wednesday 09:00-10:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-20, 22

First Semester

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