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EDUC461 The Construction of Curriculum in Early Childhood Education

Exploration of the construction of curriculum in early childhood education.

The course engages with cultural historical activity theory perspectives on curriculum development and change. This provides a means of exploring a particular curriculum issue relevant to the student's professional practice. An annotated bibliography leads into a student-centred essay assignment and final presentation. Students study independently and with peer and lecturer support via several scheduled ZOOM classes across the year thus those who live away from the University, or whose hours of work are such that they may have difficulty fitting in a class at University, can still have a class where we discuss and debate each others ideas.

Paper title The Construction of Curriculum in Early Childhood Education
Paper code EDUC461
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,442.12
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
PGCertEdLn, PGDipEdLn, MEdLn, BA(Hons), PGDipArts, MA(Coursework), MA(Thesis)
(i)Students outside of the approved programmes, with 54 300-level EDUC points, may be admitted with approval from the Dean of the College of Education. (ii)This paper is normally available in alternate years
This paper is suited to practitioners of early childhood education as it interrogates beliefs about curriculum and curriculum approaches.
Teaching staff

Professor Alex Gunn

Teaching Arrangements

The paper is offered via distance delivery only; however, face-to-face meetings in person or online will be expected.  Online video conferencing with students in other regions will be expected and a schedule of approximately 6 online hui will be negotiated at the start of the course.



Students will be expected to access required readings via the library and the internet and to source their own relevant readings.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will

  1. Critically evaluate the theoretical and research literature underpinning a range of models of early childhood curriculum
  2. Analyse the political, social and cultural factors that impact on the development of curriculum in early childhood
  3. Examine the implications of theoretical, social, political and cultural forces in relation to construction of a curriculum to guide children's learning in Aotearoa/New Zealand
  4. Critique strategies for curriculum delivery and leadership in a changing world

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system