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Examination of critical understandings required of early childhood teachers, with exploration of related beliefs, values and attitudes that allow a shift from personal to professional understandings.
This paper examines the diversity of the early childhood profession in Aotearoa New Zealand and the critical understandings required of early childhood teachers, with exploration of related beliefs, values and attitudes that allow a shift from personal to professional understandings. This paper will also examine policy related to the provision of bi-cultural education settings.
|Paper title||From Personal to Professional|
|Points||18 points 18 points|
|Teaching period(s)||First Semester, First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$863.25|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,954.75|
- Limited to
- BEdSt, BTchg
- Early Childhood Education students only.
Dr Michael Gaffney (email@example.com)
- Teaching staff
- Paper Structure
The development of the professional teacher role:
- Personal identity - influences on and development of professional identity
- Personal values, beliefs, aspirations and philosophies of learning and teaching children in ECE contexts
- Examination of policies related to the inclusion of Māori in education settings
Diversity in ECE contexts in Aotearoa New Zealand:
- Developing an understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
- Te Tiriti o Waitangi in early childhood contexts
- Culture, ability, gender and the ethical considerations and issues of social justice for teachers
The diversity of ECE services in Aotearoa New Zealand:
- Philosophies and organisation of ECE providers
- Gonzalez Mena, J. Diversity in Early Care and Education: Honoring Differences. New York: McGraw-Hill.
- Smith, A. (2013). Understanding Children and Childhood (5th ed.) Wellington: Bridget Willia.
- Grey, A. & Clark, B. (2013) Transformative Teaching Practices in Early Childhood Education. Auckland: Pearson.ms
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental
literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
- Articulate personal values, beliefs, aspirations and philosophies and the impact of these on the development of the professional teacher role
- Explain the diversity of the early childhood profession and ECE services in Aotearoa New Zealand
- Demonstrate an understanding of policy related to the inclusion of te reo me ngā tikanga Māori within education settings
- Demonstrate an understanding of diversity in ECE contexts in Aotearoa New Zealand and of the ethical considerations and issues of social justice for teachers