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EDPR302 Professional Inquiry in(to) Practice 2

Engages students in critical dialogue as they articulate and debate innovative and effective professional practice in inclusive early childhood settings in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Paper title Professional Inquiry in(to) Practice 2
Paper code EDPR302
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Second Semester, Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $863.25
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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Pre or Corequisite
EDPR 301 and EDPR 303
EDUE 322
Limited to
BTchg, GradDipEdTchg, GradDipTchg
Early Childhood Education students only.

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Beverley Clark (Dunedin)
Other staff: Meredith Kelly (Southland)

Paper Structure
Professionalism in practice
  • Teaching portfolios
    • Debating innovative and effective pedagogical practice
    • Transforming practice
    • Reconceptualising practice
    • Bicultural practice
  • Community of learners/community of practice
    • Creating communities of learners
    • Creating communities of practice - the theoretical context
  • Facilitating children's learning and well-being in inclusive settings
    • Narrative assessment
    • Planning
    • Pedagogy and environments that include all children

Required Texts:

  • Anning, A., Cullen J., & Fleer, M. (2009). Early childhood education. Society & culture (2nd ed). London: Sage.
  • New Zealand Ministry of Education. (2017). Te Whāriki: He whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa: Early childhood curriculum. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Education.
  • Clark, A. & Grey, A. (Eds.). (2010). Perspectives on early childhood education: Ata kite ate pae - Scanning the horizon. Auckland, New Zealand: Pearson.
  • Grey, A. & Clark, B. (Eds.). (2013). Transformative teaching practices in early childhood education: Ngā hurihanga ako kōhungahunga. Auckland, New Zealand: Pearson.
  • Lee, W., Carr, M., Soutar, B. & Mitchell, L. (2013). Understanding the te whariki approach: Early years education in practice. London & New York: Routledge.
  • MacNaughton, G., & Williams, G. (2009). Techniques for teaching young children: Choices in theory and practice (3rd ed.). New South Wales, Australia: Pearson Education.
  • New Zealand Ministry of Education. (2006). Ngā arohaehae whai hua: Self-review guidelines for early childhood education. Wellington, New Zealand: Learning Media.
  • Nuttall, J. (Ed.). (2013). Weaving te whāriki: Aotearoa New Zealand's early childhood curriculum document in theory and practice. Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER.
  • O'Connor, A. & Diggins, C. (2002). On reflection: Reflective practice for early childhood educators. Wellington, New Zealand: Open Mind Publishing.
  • Smith, A. (2014). Understanding children and childhood: A New Zealand perspective (5th ed). Wellington, New Zealand: Bridget Williams Books Ltd.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  1. To evaluate professionalism in practice
  2. To critically analyse and debate innovative and effective pedagogical practice
  3. To create dialogue within a community of learners/community of practice
  4. To critically examine strategies to facilitate children's learning and well-being
  5. To articulate a philosophy of practice which reflects current theory about philosophy

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 40-45

Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 28-34