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An introduction to professional, ethical, theoretical and pedagogical understandings, skills and dispositions important for early childhood teaching practice.
|Paper title||The Practice of Early Childhood Teaching 1|
|Teaching period(s)||1st Non standard period (21 February 2022 - 11 November 2022)
1st Non standard period (21 February 2022 - 11 November 2022) (On campus)
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$887.55|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- Limited to
- Early Childhood Education students only.
- Teaching staff
- Paper Structure
An introduction to being a professional in an early childhood education (ECE) context
- Our Code, Our Standards
- Effective relationships and communication skills
- Personal safety
- Acting professionally
Introduction to reflective practice
- Models of reflection
- Theories underpinning reflection
Pedagogy in ECE to facilitate learning
- A range of theoretical and pedagogical approaches
- Practices to encourage effective learning
- Using te reo Māori
- Tikanga Māori
Introduction to assessment practices in ECE
- Assessment approaches
- What is learning in young children?
- Using assessment to plan for children's learning
- Teaching Arrangements
This paper includes a teaching practicum component:
- Introductory Practicum in February
- Two weeks in May
- Three weeks November
- New Zealand Ministry of Education. (2017). Te whāriki: He whāriki matauranga mo ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa: Early childhood curriculum. Wellington, New Zealand: Author.
- Smith, A. (2013) Understanding children and childhood (5th ed.). Wellington: Bridget Williams Books
- Clark, B. & Grey, A. (2010). Ata kitea Te Pae: Scanning the Horizon. North Shore, New Zealand: Pearson Education
- MacNaughton, G. & Williams, G. (2008). Techniques for teaching young children: Choices in theory and practice (3rd ed). New South Wales, Australia: Pearson Education.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy,
Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
- Demonstrate an understanding of what it means to act professionally and ethically in an early childhood context
- Use assessment and pedagogical practices in an early childhood context to facilitate children's learning
- Incorporate te reo me ngā tikanga Māori in practice
- Demonstrate effective relationships and communication skills
- Reflect on teaching and learning experiences taking cognisance of appropriate theories