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|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2019|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$846.30|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,766.35|
- 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: Dr Alex Gunn and Judy Layland
- 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
- 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.
- 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:
- Critically discuss the historical, political and cultural context of early childhood services in Aotearoa
- Develop an understanding of the historical, theoretical, cultural and structural features of Te Whāriki - the early childhood curriculum framework
- Critically examine pedagogical implications of Te Whāriki - the early childhood curriculum framework
- Explore sociocultural and narrative assessment for young children's learning
- Demonstrate an understanding of professionalism in early childhood education