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EDCR301 Living Curriculum

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Challenges students to explore what it means to utilise their knowledge of curriculum, pedagogical content knowledge, research, and theory to ‘live’ the curriculum in early childhood settings in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

This paper will engage students in a critical examination of the notion of a living curriculum in early childhood settings in Aotearoa/New Zealand and appropriate approaches and strategies for its implementation. Students will also examine the influences on curriculum development, including the inclusion of Te Ao Māori and the use of content knowledge as a tool to facilitate the continuity of learning.

Paper title Living Curriculum
Paper code EDCR301
Subject Education
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (On campus)
Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $887.55
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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EDCR 201, EDCR 202, EDCR 203 and EDPR 201
Limited to
Early Childhood Education students only.
This paper is for Early Childhood Education students only.

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinators: Amie Curtis (Dunedin)
Meredith Kelly (Southland)

Paper Structure

Te Whāriki as integrated curriculum

  • Key elements of and influences on curriculum
  • Pedagogical content knowledge
  • Curriculum approaches and strategies
  • Current research and theory relating to curriculum
  • Learning Dispositions and key competencies

Bicultural curriculum

  • Examination of current research and associated issues related to the inclusion of te ao Māori in early childhood education
  • Examination of the Māori dimension within the framework of Te Whāriki

Community of learners

  • Curriculum implementation within early childhood settings
  • Curriculum continuity
Teaching Arrangements

This paper is taught on the Dunedin and Southland campuses.


Required Texts:

  • 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.
  • 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).
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

  • Critically analyse the notion of lived curriculum as an integrated, bicultural curriculum and explore how content and pedagogical content knowledge informs the professional practice of early childhood teachers working with all learners
  • Appraise current theory on curriculum and examine its impact on the development of curriculum approaches and strategies
  • Gain knowledge and understanding on how a bicultural curriculum is lived in daily practice
  • Critically examine the value of communities of learners in curriculum implementation

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 13:00-15:50 15


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 13:00-15:50 9-14, 17-21

Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 09:00-10:50 9-15, 17-18, 21-22
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-15, 17-18, 21-22