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EDPR303 Politics, Policy and the Profession

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Critically examines the political, ideological, policy and professional context of early childhood education in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Paper title Politics, Policy and the Profession
Paper code EDPR303
Subject Education
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 2 (On campus)
Semester 2 (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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EDPR 202 and EDPR 301
Limited to
Early Childhood Education students only.

Dr Michael Gaffney,

Teaching staff
Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Michael Gaffney (Dunedin)
Other staff: Meredith Kelly (Southland)
Teaching Arrangements

This paper is taught on the Dunedin and Southland campuses.


Compulsory Texts:

  • Early Childhood Regulations and Criteria - these can be accessed online at
  • Rodd, J. (2013) Leadership in early childhood (4th ed.). Sydney, New South Wales, Australia: Allen & Unwin
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will

  1. Critically evaluate professionalism in early childhood
  2. Critically examine the social, political, economic, ideological and cultural issues impacting on the practice of early childhood teachers
  3. Develop an understanding of key aspects of policy, administration and management in early childhood education settings

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 14:00-15:50 28-33, 38-41
Thursday 11:00-12:50 28-33, 38-41

Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 10:00-12:50 28-34, 40-41