Critically evaluates a range of pedagogical approaches to early childhood education, and explores how these approaches influence teachers’ thinking about children’s learning and development in the early years.
This paper critically evaluates a range of pedagogical approaches to early childhood education, and explores how these approaches influence teachers' thinking about children's learning and development in the early years.
|Paper title||Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education|
|Teaching period||Full Year|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,312.10|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,352.87|
- 54 300-level EDUC points
- EDUX 457
- Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Dean of the College of Education.
- Paper Structure
- The paper allows students to:Critically engage with the notion of pedagogy and explain
socio-cultural-historical influences on pedagogy and relationships between pedagogical
ideas and teachers practices. The kinds of topics we address in the course include:
- A socio-historical-cultural examination of thinking, scholarship and practice in pedagogy, including students' own theories of pedagogy, national and international trends.
- Relationships between pedagogy and socio-historical-cultural shifts in thinking about children, childhood, learning, teaching, and early childhood education, research and policy based.
- Research, scholarship and theory of pedagogy.
- Interrelatedness of pedagogy, curriculum, assessment and learning: implications for teachers' practice and children's learning.
- Teaching Arrangements
- This paper is taught online, with students not required to be online at set times although some negotiation over coordinated online meetings will be expected. The paper is fully internally assessed.
- To successfully complete this paper, students will need either a background in education studies with a focus on early childhood or teaching experience in an early childhood centre.
- Teaching staff
- Dr Alex Gunn
- Students will be expected to access required readings via the library and the Internet and to source their own relevant readings.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Critical thinking.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Critically analyse, appraise, compare and contrast and different theoretical and research perspectives on pedagogy;
- Critically explain socio-cultural-historical influences on pedagogy, including implications for teachers' practices;
- Appraise and explain relationships between theories of pedagogy and theories of learning in and for early childhood education.