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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|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1
Semester 1 (On campus)
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$887.55|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- 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 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
- 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.
- 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