EDEM651-18S2 (D) Semester Two 2018 (Distance)

Re-examining Education Early Years and Beyond

30 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


This course introduces students to critiques of education in the early years and beyond. It uses postmodern theories to analyse research, practices and contexts in a range of educational contexts.

Many of us have spent our lives avoiding theory. But did you know that the best work with children has come from theory, is informed by theory, and creates new theory? If we are to continue to improve early years education for young children, those of us working and studying in this area need to be able to understand and build on current theories.

“I have really enjoyed this course. My thinking has stretched in more ways than I ever expected it to. Rather then consuming known truth and dominant discourses, I have begun thinking critically about the reasons behind why I am thinking what I am thinking, and then challenging myself to think in new directions. I am finishing this course feeling excited by the fact that thinking with theory has improved my pedagogy” (Student, 2017).

“Thanks for the challenging discussions and concepts in the course. It was great to have something I'm actually going to use once the course is finished” (Student, 2017).

“This course has been really life changing and has completely turned my ways of approaching a variety of situations on its head” (Student, 2017).

“In reflecting about things that have changed in my practice because of this paper - well, I have to say the impact has been like a thread through everything I do” (Student, 2017).

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify key issues in early years education in New Zealand and internationally;
2. Position practices, policies and politics in the early years within a theoretical debate;
3. Apply critical thinking to early years education;
4. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of key early years theorists and theoretical frameworks;
5. Critique evidence-based research;
6. Present well researched information in a convincingly and appropriately argued manner;
7. Plan future research or policy developments in the early years.


Subject to approval of the Head of School

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Lia de Vocht van Alphen


Nicola Surtees


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essay 24 Sep 2018 40%
Theoretical Document Review 29 Oct 2018 60%


Required Texts

Jackson, A. Y., & Mazzei, L. A; Thinking with theory in qualitative research; Oxon, UK: Routledge, 2012.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,811.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Educational Studies and Leadership.

All EDEM651 Occurrences

  • EDEM651-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018 - Not Offered
  • EDEM651-18S2 (D) Semester Two 2018 (Distance)