Accessibility Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Site Map Menu

EDUC457 Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a selection of on-campus papers will be made available via distance and online learning for eligible students.
Find out which papers are available and how to apply on our COVID-19 website

Critically evaluates a range of pedagogical approaches to early childhood education, and explores how these approaches influence teachers’ thinking about children’s learning and development in the early years.

This paper critically evaluates a range of pedagogical approaches to early childhood education, and explores how these approaches influence teachers' thinking about children's learning and development in the early years.

Paper title Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education
Paper code EDUC457
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2022 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,403.61
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

^ Top of page

54 300-level EDUC points
EDUX 457
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Dean of the College of Education.
To successfully complete this paper, students will need either a background in education studies with a focus on early childhood or teaching experience in an early childhood centre.
Teaching staff

To be advised when the paper is next offered.

Paper Structure

We will consider the following kinds of topics and expect students will bring their own ideas to the curriculum as well:

  • A socio-historical-cultural examination of thinking, scholarship and practice in pedagogy, including students' own theories of pedagogy and of national and international trends
  • Relationships between pedagogy and socio-historical-cultural shifts in thinking about children, childhood, learning, teaching and early childhood education (research and policy based)
  • Research, scholarship and theory of pedagogy
  • Interrelatedness of pedagogy, curriculum, assessment and learning: implications for teachers' practice and children's learning

There are three assignments, all of which can build on each other. First up will be an annotated bibliography of about 10-15 studies on a topic of student choice related to socio-historical-cultural research and theory around pedagogy. Then an essay on the student identified topic will be prepared (5,000-7,000 words) and followed up with the third assessment, which will be a poster presentation (online) of the inquiry.

Teaching Arrangements

This paper is taught online, with students not required to be online at set times although some negotiation over co-ordinated online meetings will be expected. The paper is fully internally assessed.


Students will be expected to access required readings via the library and the internet and to source their own relevant readings.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically analyse, appraise, compare and contrast different theoretical and research perspectives on pedagogy
  2. Critically explain socio-historical-cultural influences on pedagogy, including implications for teachers' practices
  3. Appraise and explain relationships between theories of pedagogy and theories of learning in and for early childhood education

^ Top of page


Not offered in 2022

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