An introduction to professional, ethical, theoretical and pedagogical understandings, skills and dispositions important for early childhood teaching practice.
|Paper title||The Practice of Early Childhood Teaching|
|Points||18 points 18 points|
|Teaching period(s)||1st Non standard period (18 February 2019 - 15 November 2019), 1st Non standard period (18 February 2019 - 15 November 2019)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$846.30|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,766.35|
- Limited to
- BEdSt, BTchg
- Early Childhood Education students only.
- Teaching staff
- Paper Co-ordinator: Meredith Kelly
Dr Michael Gaffney (Dunedin), Judy Layland (Dunedin)
- Paper Structure
An introduction to being a professional in an early childhood education (ECE) context
- Code of Ethics
- Effective relationships and communication skills
- Personal safety
- Acting professionally
Introduction to reflective practice
- Models of reflection
- Theories underpinning reflection
Pedagogy in ECE to facilitate learning
- A range of theoretical and pedagogical approaches
- Practices to encourage effective learning
- Using te reo Māori
- Tikanga Māori
Introduction to assessment practices in ECE
- Assessment approaches
- What is learning in young children?
- Using assessment to plan for children's learning
- Teaching Arrangements
- This paper includes a teaching practicum component:
- Introductory Practicum in February
- two weeks in May
- three weeks November
- Arthur, L., Beecher, B., Dockett, S., Farmer, S. & Death, E. (2015). Programming and planning in early childhood settings (6th ed.). South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: Cengage Learning
- New Zealand Ministry of Education. (1996). Te whāriki: He whāriki matauranga mo ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa: Early childhood curriculum. Wellington, New Zealand: Learning Media.
- New Zealand Ministry of Education. (2009). Te Aho Arataki Marau mo te Ako i Te reo Māori - Kura Auraki Curriculum Guidelines for Teaching and Learning Te reo Māori in English-medium Schools: Years 1-13. Wellington, New Zealand: Learning Media.
- O'Connor, A. & Diggins, C. (2002). On reflection: Reflective practice for early childhood educators. Wellington, New Zealand: Open Mind Publishing.
- Podmore, V. N. (2006). Observation: Origins and approaches to early childhood research and practice. Wellington: NZCER Press.
- Smith, A. (2013) Understanding children and childhood (5th ed.). Wellington: Bridget Williams Books
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy,
Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
- Demonstrate an understanding of what it means to act professionally and ethically in an early childhood context
- Use assessment and pedagogical practices in an early childhood context to facilitate children's learning
- Incorporate te reo me ngā tikanga Māori in practice
- Demonstrate effective relationships and communication skills
- Reflect on teaching and learning experiences taking cognisance of appropriate theories