A critical examination of how curriculum is constructed for very young learners in early childhood settings.
This paper will engage students in a critical analysis of various approaches to curriculum for these very young learners. It will encourage students to examine their image of infants and explore what makes an optimal learning environment for people under the age of three in inclusive settings. Students will explore issues associated with ensuring the health and well-being of both these young children and the adults who work with them in early childhood settings.
|Paper title||People Under Three|
|Points||18 points 18 points|
|Teaching period(s)||First Semester, First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$846.30|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,766.35|
- (18 EDUC points or 108 points) and (EICT 198 or EICT 199) and (ELIT 198 or ELIT 199) and (EMAT 197 or EMAT 198)
- EDUE 202
- Limited to
- BEdSt, BTchg
- (i) With approval from the Dean of the College of Education, the EICT and ELIT prerequisites may be waived for students with equivalent passes. (ii) Early Childhood Education students only.
- This paper is for Early Childhood Education students only.
Dr Sonya Gaches (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Teaching staff
- Paper Structure
- Images of the infant/toddler
- Images of the infant/toddler teacher - the caring, respectful teacher
- Brain research - evidence and critique
approaches - empowering the very young learner in inclusive settings:
- Te Whāriki
- Bicultural perspectives
- Cultural diversity
- Early intervention
- Assessment and Pedagogy for very young children
- Health and well-being of infants and toddlers - immunisation, nutrition, childhood illness, safety issues
- Health and well-being of the infant/toddler teacher
- Current theory and research on the education and care of infant and toddlers in early childhood settings
- Teaching Arrangements
- This paper is taught on the Dunedin and Invercargill campuses.
- 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 Williams Publishing.
- Ministry of Education. 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
- Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding,
Ethics, Information literacy, Research.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:
- analyse a range of approaches to curriculum for people under three.
- explore assessment and pedagogical practices which create appropriate and inclusive learning opportunities for people under three.
- critically evaluate optimal environments for infant and toddler learning.
- examine health and safety issues associated with the teaching of infants and toddlers in early childhood settings.