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EDCE300 Curriculum in Action

Critical examination of integrated curriculum in action in early childhood settings in the context of Aotearoa.

This paper is designed to support students to develop an understanding of Te Wh?üriki as a framework for the implementation of an integrated, bicultural curriculum in Aotearoa/New Zealand. The focus of the paper is on "living" the framework in practice and exploring the implications of this for teaching for learning. Key foci for the paper are related to the bicultural understandings of the framework; curriculum and pedagogical content knowledge; and the role of assessment of and planning for learning.

Paper title Curriculum in Action
Paper code EDCE300
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $829.65
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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Limited to
Compulsory for GradDipTchg Early Childhood Education students.
This paper is compulsory for students in the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) programme.
Programme Co-ordinator (Early Childhood Education):
Teaching staff
Paper Coordinator : Judy Layland
Paper Structure
  • Te WhÄriki as a complex integrated curriculum and the implications for professional experience
  • Principles and strands of Te WhÄriki
  • Underpinning research and learning theories
  • Community of learners
  • Curriculum content knowledge
  • Pedagogical content knowledge
  • Curriculum approaches and strategies for early childhood education teaching and learning
  • Current research and theory relating to curriculum implementation approaches and strategies
  • Assessing working theories and dispositions for learning
  • Planning for learning and teaching
  • Routines, rituals, experiences and events
  • Reflexive practice
  • Te WhÄriki as a bicultural curriculum
  • Examination of a MÄori dimension within the framework of Te WhÄriki and professional experience
  • Examination of associated issues for the integration of te ao MÄori in the implementation of early childhood curriculum
Required TextsNew Zealand Ministry of Education. (2017). Te Wh?üriki: He wh?üriki m?ütauranga m?ì ng?ü mokopuna o Aotearoa: Early childhood curriculum. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Education.
  • Anning, A., Cullen J., & Fleer, M. (2009). Early childhood education: Society and culture (2nd ed.). London: Sage. (Available electronically from University library).
  • Hemara, W. (2000). M?üori pedagogies: A view from the literature. Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Council for Educational Research.
  • McLachlan, C., Fleer, M. & Edwards, S. (2013). Early childhood curriculum: Planning, assessment and implementation (2nd ed.). Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press. (Available electronically from University library).
  • MacNaughton, G., & Williams, G. (2009). Techniques for teaching young children: Choices in theory and practice (3rd ed.). New South Wales, Australia: Pearson Education.
  • New Zealand Ministry of Education. (2011). T?ütaiako: Cult
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  1. Critically analyse integrated early childhood education curriculum and the implications of this for pedagogical and professional experience
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of Te WhÄriki as a bicultural curriculum
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of bicultural curriculum in daily early childhood education professional experience
  4. Examine and appraise current research on the implementation of Te WhÄriki

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
M1 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-21, 25


Stream Days Times Weeks
T1 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-21