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CHIC407 Child-Centred Practice

An inter-disciplinary perspective on child-centred practice designed for professionals in education, health, law, social work and related disciplines who work with children, young people and their families.

This paper provides an interdisciplinary and practical skills-based perspective on child-centred practice. Students will explore the opportunities for, and barriers to, child-centred practice in the worlds of childhood and adolescence. They will also develop the knowledge and practical skills required to engage effectively with children and young people to ensure that decision making is appropriately child-centred and to advocate on their behalf. Course work is focused around a literature review, an analysis of practice in their field and an evaluation of the changes needed to ensure child-centred practice.

Paper title Child-Centred Practice
Paper code CHIC407
Subject Children's Issues
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,679.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $6,658.50

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CHIX 401 or CHIC 401
Suitable for professionals who work with children, young people and their families.
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Associate Professor Nicola Atwool
Paper Structure
The paper covers six modules:
  • Barriers to child-centred practice
  • The worlds of childhood and adolescence
  • Skill development: children and young people
  • Skill development: adults
  • Application of knowledge, values and skills to practice
  • Reflection, review and course conclusions
Teaching Arrangements
Attendance at a five-day on-campus block course from Monday 9th April (start 1:00pm) to Friday 13th April (conclude midday) is compulsory. Students are expected to participate in Blackboard discussion, and two Zoom conferences on:
  • Wednesday 28 February 4:00 - 5:50 pm
  • Wednesday 23rd May 4:00 - 5:50 pm.
Textbooks are not required for this paper. The course book and readings are provided via Blackboard.
Course outline
The course outline will be made available at the beginning of the semester.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, critical thinking, cultural understanding, ethics.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will understand the importance of child-centred practice and the obstacles to achieving this, as well as demonstrating a range of skills necessary when working with children.

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Not offered in 2019

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