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EDUC474 Early Childhood Curriculum 1

Introduction to early childhood education in Aotearoa including curriculum, pedagogy and assessment for diverse children, families, and communities and the integration and implementation of quality curriculum.

  • Historical, political and cultural provision of early childhood education and care (ECEC) in Aotearoa
    • History of ideas concerning childhood, childrearing, institutional care of infants and young children outside the family home
    • Influence of the social, political and cultural context on development of ECEC services
    • The impact of research in shaping understandings about and institutions for young children
    • Histories and contexts for the development of ECEC curriculum approaches
  • Te Whāriki and its implementation
    • Philosophy - image of the child, image of the teacher, bi-cultural underpinnings
    • Theoretical perspectives: play-based, sociocultural, social-situated, bi-cultural
    • The structure and implementation of the curriculum
    • Complex integrated curriculum and implications for professional practice
    • Curriculum and pedagogical content knowledge
    • Sociocultural and narrative assessment
  • Professionalism in early childhood
    • Planning and evaluating teaching, assessment for learning
    • Collaborative decision making
    • Ethics and reflexive praxis

Paper title Early Childhood Curriculum 1
Paper code EDUC474
Subject Education
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (30 January 2023 - 23 June 2023) (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,810.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
Early Childhood Education students only.

Teaching staff

Dr Sonya Gaches

  • Clark, B. & Grey, A. Ata Kitea te Pae - Scanning the Horizon, Auckland: Pearson
  • May, H. (2013) The Discovery of Early Childhood (2nd edition), Auckland: Auckland University Press
  • Grey, A. & Clark, B, (2013), Nga hurihanga Ako Kohungahunga - Transformative Teaching Practices in Early Childhood Education, Auckland: Pearson
  • 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
  • Anning, A., Cullen J., & Fleer, M. (2009). Early childhood education: Society and culture (2nd ed.). London: Sage. (Available electronically from University library)
  • Hemara, W. (2000). Māori pedagogies: A view from the literature. Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Council for Educational Research
  • Hill, L., Stremmel, A. & Fu, V. (2005). Teaching as inquiry: Rethinking Curriculum in early childhood education. United States of America: Pearson Education Inc
  • McLachlan, C., Fleer, M. & Edwards, S. (2013). Early childhood curriculum: Planning, assessment and implementation (2nd ed.). Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press. (Available from Robertson Library Reserve)
  • MacNaughton, G., & Williams, G. (2009). Techniques for teaching young children: Choices in theory and practice (3rd ed.). New South Wales, Australia: Pearson Education
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to

  1. Critically analyse the origins of the ideas and institutions underpinning the historical, political and cultural provision of early childhood care and education in Aotearoa
  2. Examine and appraise the development of the idea of national curricula in international contexts including the implementation of Te Whāriki, its pedagogical implications and associated professional practices
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of Te Whāriki as a bi-cultural curriculum for infants, toddlers, young children and their families
  4. Explore sociocultural and narrative assessment for young children's learning
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of professionalism in early childhood education

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1st Non standard period (30 January 2023 - 23 June 2023)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 5-6, 23-25
Tuesday 13:00-15:50 8-14
Friday 13:00-15:50 8-13, 23-25