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EDCE302 International Perspectives

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Deepening of understanding of learning in the early years through investigation of the factors that influence early childhood education in both national and international contexts.

Paper title International Perspectives
Paper code EDCE302
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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Limited to
Compulsory for GradDipTchg Early Childhood Education students.

Programme Coordinator (Early Childhood Education)

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Paper Coordinator: TBC

Paper Structure

Historical, theoretical and ideological influences on early childhood education

  • History of early childhood across nations
  • How the theoretical context has influenced the development of early childhood education internationally
    • Behaviourism
    • Cognitive
    • Ecological
    • Sociocultural
  • Impact of ideological on the nature of early childhood education
  • The construction of early childhood locally, nationally and internationally
  • Structure, purpose and organisation of early childhood
  • Construction of early childhood education in the centre setting
  • Constructions of early childhood in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Construction of early childhood in the international context
    • Pacific
    • European
    • Asian
    • American
    • African
  • Relationships between approaches to early childhood and children's learning
  • Critical examination of how notions of early childhood education impact on expectations for children's learning
  • Implications for the future of early childhood education

Required Texts:

  • Smith, A.B. (2013). Understanding Children and Childhood (5th ed.), Welling, Bridget Williams PublishingFleer, M. (2010) Early Learning and Development. Cultural-historical concepts in play. Melbourne, Cambridge University Press.
  • McLachlan, C., Fleer, M. & Edwards, S. (2010) Early Childhood curriculum. Planning, assessment and implementation. Melbourne, Cambridge University Press.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Research.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Analyse the historical, theoretical, and ideological influences on early childhood internationally;
  • Critically examine how early childhood is constructed locally, nationally and globally; and
  • Reflexively address the relationships between perspectives of early childhood education and notions of learning.

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Not offered in 2020

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
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