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EDUC461 The Construction of Curriculum in Early Childhood Education

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Exploration of the construction of curriculum in early childhood education.

The course engages with cultural historical activity theory perspectives on curriculum development and change. This provides a means of exploring a particular curriculum issue relevant to the student's professional practice. An annotated bibliography leads into a student-centred essay assignment and final presentation. Students study independently and with peer and lecturer support via several scheduled ZOOM classes across the year thus those who live away from the University, or whose hours of work are such that they may have difficulty fitting in a class at University, can still have a class where we discuss and debate each others ideas.

Paper title The Construction of Curriculum in Early Childhood Education
Paper code EDUC461
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Full Year (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,403.61
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
54 300-level EDUC or EDUX points
Restriction
EDUX 461
Eligibility
This paper is suited to practitioners of early childhood education as it interrogates beliefs about curriculum and curriculum approaches.
Contact
postgrad.education@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Associate Professor Alex Gunn

Teaching Arrangements
The paper is offered via distance delivery only; however, for Dunedin-based students, face-to-face meetings may be arranged. Online video conferencing with students in other regions may also be possible.
Textbooks
Students will be expected to access required readings via the library and the internet and to source their own relevant readings.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will

  1. Critically evaluate the theoretical and research literature underpinning a range of models of early childhood curriculum
  2. Analyse the political, social and cultural factors that impact on the development of curriculum in early childhood
  3. Examine the implications of theoretical, social, political and cultural forces in relation to construction of a curriculum to guide children's learning in Aotearoa/New Zealand
  4. Critique strategies for curriculum delivery and leadership in a changing world

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Timetable

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

Exploration of the construction of curriculum in early childhood education.

The course engages with cultural historical activity theory perspectives on curriculum development and change. This provides a means of exploring a particular curriculum issue relevant to the student's professional practice. An annotated bibliography leads into a student-centred essay assignment and final presentation. Students study independently and with peer and lecturer support via several scheduled ZOOM classes across the year thus those who live away from the University, or whose hours of work are such that they may have difficulty fitting in a class at University, can still have a class where we discuss and debate each others ideas.

Paper title The Construction of Curriculum in Early Childhood Education
Paper code EDUC461
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2023 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
PGCertEdLn, PGDipEdLn, MEdLn, BA(Hons), PGDipArts, MA(Coursework), MA(Thesis)
Notes
(i)Students outside of the approved programmes, with 54 300-level EDUC points, may be admitted with approval from the Dean of the College of Education. (ii)This paper is normally available in alternate years
Eligibility
This paper is suited to practitioners of early childhood education as it interrogates beliefs about curriculum and curriculum approaches.
Contact
postgrad.education@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Professor Alex Gunn

Teaching Arrangements

The paper is offered via distance delivery only; however, face-to-face meetings in person or online will be expected.  Online video conferencing with students in other regions will be expected and a schedule of approximately 6 online hui will be negotiated at the start of the course.

 

 

Textbooks
Students will be expected to access required readings via the library and the internet and to source their own relevant readings.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will

  1. Critically evaluate the theoretical and research literature underpinning a range of models of early childhood curriculum
  2. Analyse the political, social and cultural factors that impact on the development of curriculum in early childhood
  3. Examine the implications of theoretical, social, political and cultural forces in relation to construction of a curriculum to guide children's learning in Aotearoa/New Zealand
  4. Critique strategies for curriculum delivery and leadership in a changing world

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Timetable

Not offered in 2023

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard