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EDCE303 Early Childhood: A Context for Learning

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Introduction to early childhood education in Aotearoa; development of an understanding of the early childhood curriculum, pedagogy and assessment to enhance the learning of all children.

Paper title Early Childhood: A Context for Learning
Paper code EDCE303
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
(i) Compulsory for GradDipTchg Early Childhood Education students. (ii) Subject to approval, this paper will be offered during a non-standard period comprising February - March rather than as a full-year paper.

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinators: TBC

Paper Structure
  • Historical, political and culture context of early childhood services in Aotearoa
  • History of early childhood education (ECE)
  • Influence of the social and cultural context on Development of ECE services
  • Te Whāriki - the historical, theoretical, cultural and structural features of the early childhood curriculum framework
  • History of the development of ECE curriculum
  • Philosophy - image of the child, image of the teacher, bicultural underpinnings
  • Theoretical perspectives
  • The structure of Te Whāriki - aspiration statement, principles, strands, goals
  • Pedagogy - implications for implementing Te Whāriki
  • Pedagogical practices in ECE
  • Play
  • Socio-cultural and narrative assessment
  • Historical and socio cultural approaches
  • Assessment in action - narrative
  • Professionalism in Early Childhood
  • Legal requirements
  • Being a teacher in ECE

Required and Recommended Reading

  • Anning, A., Cullen J., & Fleer, M. (2009). Early childhood education: Society and culture. London: Sage.
  • Education Council (n.d.). Code of Ethics for Registered Teachers. Wellington: Author.
  • Education Council (n.d). Graduating Teacher Standards. Wellington: Author.
  • Education Council (n.d.). Tātaiako - Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners: A resource for use with the Graduating Teachers Standards and Practising Teacher Criteria. Wellington: Author.
  • Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations, 2008: New Zealand Legislation
  • Grey, A. & Clark, B. (2013). Ngā hurihanga ako kōhungahunga - Transformative teaching practices in early childhood education. Auckland: Pearson.
  • New Zealand Ministry of Education. (1996). Te Whāriki: He whāriki matauranga mo nga mokopuna o Aotearoa: Early childhood curriculum. Wellington, New Zealand: Learning Media.
  • May, H. (2009) Politics in the playground. The world of early childhood in New Zealand (2nd ed.) Dunedin: Otago University Press.
  • Ministry of Education. (1996) Te Whāriki, He Whāriki Mātauranga mō ngā Mokopuna o Aotearoa, Early Childhood Curriculum, Wellington: Learning Media.
  • Ministry of Education, (2004). Kei Tua o te Pae, Assessment for Learning: Early Childhood Exemplars. Wellington: Learning Media.
  • Ministry of Education, (2008). Licensing Criteria for Centre Based Education and Care Services 2008 and Early Childhood Curriculum Framework (as amended May 2015). Wellington, Learning Media.
  • Ministry of Education, (2009). Te Whatu Pōkeka, Kaupapa Māori Assessment for Learning, Early Childhood Exemplars. Wellington: Learning Media.
  • Nuttall, J. (Ed.) (2013). Weaving Te Whāriki: Aotearoa New Zealand's early childhood curriculum document in theory and practice (2nd ed.). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER.

Recommended Texts:

  • Hemara, W. (2000). Māori pedagogies: A view from the literature. Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Council for Educational Research.
  • Lee, W., Carr, M., Soutar, B. & Mitchell, L. (2013). Understanding the te whariki approach: Early years education in practice. London & New York: Routledge.
  • McLachlan, C., Fleer, M. & Edwards, S. (2013). Early childhood curriculum: Planning, assessment and implementation. Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press.
  • Smith A.B. (2013). Understanding children and childhood. Wellington: Bridget Williams Books.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

  1. Critically discuss the historical, political and cultural context of early childhood services in Aotearoa
  2. Develop an understanding of the historical, theoretical, cultural and structural features of Te Whāriki - the early childhood curriculum framework
  3. Critically examine pedagogical implications of Te Whāriki - the early childhood curriculum framework
  4. Explore sociocultural and narrative assessment for young children's learning
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of professionalism in early childhood education

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Not offered in 2020

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
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