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EDCE301 Ethics of Care and Curriculum for People Under Three

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As students analyse the ethics of care and curriculum for people under three, they will identify the components of effective professional experience for these young children.

Paper title Ethics of Care and Curriculum for People Under Three
Paper code EDCE301
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $863.25
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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EDCR 202
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 Coordinator (Early Childhood Education)

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: TBC

Paper Structure

Overview of Content

  • Approaches to curriculum for people under three
    • Changing historical understandings and practices of infancy
    • Shifting political interests in infancy
    • Different philosophical approaches to the early care and education of infants and toddlers
    • NZ Plunket case study
    • Case study of Emmi Pikler and Magda Gerber and the 'RIE' philosophy of respect for infants
  • Influence of the cultural context
    • Anthropological insights of ethnicity and child-rearing
    • Revealing the imagery of infancy
    • Cross-cultural and economic contexts
    • Technology of infancy
    • Working with parents
  • Biculturally responsive practices
    • Different models of practice in Aotearoa New Zealand
    • Māori perspectives and institutions of child-rearing
  • Optimal learning environments for people under three
    • Extending developmental knowledge
    • Knowing the research concerning infancy and group care - NZ and international
    • Exploring the issues - NZ and international
    • Distinctive pedagogies for infants and toddlers in early childhood education and care
    • Reading Te Whāriki through an infancy lens
    • Practices of transition
    • The 'competent child' and approaches to assessment for infant and toddlers
  • Health, safety and ethical practices
    • Extending knowledge of childhood illness, immunisation, hygiene, nutrition
    • Statistics of infancy
    • Infants at risk and early intervention
    • Ethics and responsibilities of professionals working with infants and toddlers
    • Safety, development and exploration for infants and toddlers
    • Disability and very young children
  • Clark, B. & Grey, A. Ata Kitea te Pae - Scanning the Horizon, Auckland: Pearson
  • Smith, A.B. (2013). Understanding Children and Childhood (5th ed.), Welling, Bridget Ministry of Education. AssessWilliams Publishing.
  • Assessment for infants and toddlers He Aromatawai Kōhungahunga, Tamariki, Kei Tua o Te Pae Assessment for learning: Early Childhood Exemplars, Wellington.
  • May, H. (1997) The Discovery of Early Childhood: Vol 4, Auckland: Auckland University Press.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork, Scholarship.
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of this paper, students will be able to
  1. Analyse a range of approaches to curriculum for people under three
  2. Examine the way in which the cultural context influences education and care practices when working with people under three
  3. Evaluate biculturally responsive practices that create inclusive learning opportunities for people under three
  4. Critique health, safety and ethical practices associated with care and education of people under three

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Not offered in 2020

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
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