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    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

    About this paper

    Paper title Early Childhood Curriculum 1
    Subject Education
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period 1st Non standard period (15 January 2024 - 13 December 2024) (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,860.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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.
    • Hemara, W. (2000). Māori pedagogies: A view from the literature. Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Council for Educational Research.
    • 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


    1st Non standard period (15 January 2024 - 13 December 2024)

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 5, 24-26
    Tuesday 13:00-15:50 8-13, 16-17
    Friday 09:00-11:50 12
    Friday 13:00-15:50 6, 8-13, 16-17, 23-25
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