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An exploration of early childhood curriculum, with a particular focus on Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum framework.
This paper 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|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1
Semester 1 (On campus)
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$887.55|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- Limited to
- Early Childhood Education students only.
- Teaching staff
- 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
- The pedagogy of play
- Pedagogical approaches
Content and pedagogical content knowledge
- Key elements and pedagogic approaches
- ICT: A curriculum tool for learning
Clark, A. & Grey, A. (Eds.). (2010). Perspectives on early childhood education: Ata kite ate pae - Scanning the horizon. Auckland, New Zealand: Pearson.
Lee, W., Carr, M., Soutar, B. & Mitchell, L. (2013). Understanding the te whāriki approach: Early years education in practice. Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.
New Zealand Ministry of Education. (2017). Te whāriki: He whāriki matauranga mo ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa: Early childhood curriculum. Wellington, New Zealand: Learning Media.
Gunn, A. & Nuttall, J. (Ed.). (2019). Weaving te whāriki: Aotearoa New Zealand's early childhood curriculum document in theory and practice, (3rd ed). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER.
Online te reo Māori 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
Students who successfully complete this paper will
- Explore and describe what curriculum means in early childhood settings
- Examine the historical, cultural, ideological, political, social and theoretical context of the early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki
- Gain an understanding of Te Whāriki, as a bicultural curriculum framework with its underpinning aims, philosophy, principles and strands in practice
- 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