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This course provides initial teacher education students with the knowledge of the central role of relationships in children's learning. The course will give an introduction to current theoretical debates related to early childhood curricula, investigating what is meant by the term 'curriculum'. Through the course students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the influence of early childhood curriculum document(s) in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand and the notion of learning through play and the importance of relationships in achieving this. The course aims to bring students to an understanding of how a range of domains can be brought together through a holistic and integrated approach to create meaningful learning experiences for children.
*Please note this course is only available to initial teacher education students. To enrol in this course you need to be accepted and enrolled in one of our Initial Teacher Education programmes.
On the successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:Examine the significance of relationships in children’s learning and developmentExplain the central role of play in the lives and learning of childrenDescribe how a range of domains of learning can be brought together into an integrated programme within the Aotearoa/New Zealand contextDemonstrate an understanding of bicultural holistic learning experiences for infants, toddlers and young children that upholds the principles of the early childhood curriculum document(s) in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
There are two pieces of assessment for this course, each assignment is weighted 50%. A pass is a mark of 50 or above for the aggregated grades of assignment 1 and assignment 2,
Te whāriki a te Kōhanga reo ; Te whāriki : he whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa = Early childhood curriculum guidelines;
Ministry of Education, 2017.
Te whatu pōkeka : kaupapa Māori assessment for learning : early childhood exemplars;
Published for the Ministry of Education by Learning Media, 2009.
Programming & planning in early childhood settings;
Thomson, 2008 (2013 Price $118.79).
Dockett, Susan. , Fleer, Marilyn;
Play and pedagogy in early childhood : bending the rules;
Cengage Learning, 2008 (2013 Price $118.79).
All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to Regulation J of the General Course and Examination Regulations.On submitting assignments, students must confirm that the work being handed in is original and their own work.
There are two pieces of assessment for this course, each assignment is weighted at 50%. assignments are graded against the University scale A+ to E. Satisfactory completion of the course assignments to at least a C- grade overall is required. Both assignments must be submitted.Grading ScaleGrade GPA Value MarksA+ 9 90 – 100A 8 85 – 89.99A- 7 80 – 84.99B+ 6 75 – 79.99B 5 70 – 74.99B- 4 65 – 69.99C+ 3 60 – 64.99C 2 55 – 59.99C- 1 50 – 54.99D 0 40 – 49.99E -1 0 – 39.99
Students must attend and participate in the course sufficiently to meet the learning outcomes. Insufficient (less than 80%) attendance in a course may make the student ineligible for teaching practice.
Formal and informal evaluation will take place in accordance with the relevant Course Evaluation Policy, to provide feedback to teaching staff about the relevance and validity of what has been learned as well as the quality of course delivery.
The College of Education, Health and Human Development undertakes a process of internal and external moderation of assessment. This is to ensure that the assessment system is fair, equitable, consistent and manageable.
Work submitted after the due date with no extension granted is considered late. Late work will not be marked, unless exceptional circumstances apply (e.g. illness, accident, bereavement or critical personal circumstances). Relevant evidence such as a medical certificate or a letter from a counsellor may be required in order for the course-coordinator to make a decision about whether or not to mark late work. No work will be accepted after assignments have been returned to students. The highest grade a piece of late work can receive is a C-
Assignments must be word processed in Times New Roman 12 point font with 1.5 line spacing. Every page must be named and numbered. Keep a copy of all work.
Under exceptional circumstances (e.g., illness, accident, bereavement or critical personal circumstances) individual students may be granted an extension of the due date for an assignment. There is, however, a limit to the length of time that an extension can be granted and this should be negotiated with the course coordinator in the first instance. Extensions will not normally be given for longer than one week from the due date, unless exceptional circumstances prevail. Extensions are not granted automatically to students. Requests for extensions should be emailed to the course coordinator at least two days prior to the due date for the assignment. Relevant evidence such as a medical certificate or a letter from a counsellor may be required in order for the lecturer to make a decision about whether or not to grant an extension. A lecturer may also ask for a copy of work completed up to the time of the extension request in order to determine if an extension may be granted. A copy of the course coordinator's email confirming the extension (if granted) and any supporting documentation must be attached to and submitted with the assignment. Extensions will not normally be granted because of pressure of university study, e.g. several pieces of work being due at about the same time. Students are encouraged to plan their work in a realistic manner and in advance so that they can meet their assessment deadlines.
Resubmissions are restricted to work that is originally submitted on or before the due date. Late assignments are not normally considered for resubmission unless there are exceptional circumstances. If the student’s assignment work meets most of the criteria required to pass, they may be given the opportunity to resubmit the assignment to bring it to a passing standard.Students will have one week from the return of an assignment, to resubmit their work. A resubmitted assignment cannot be awarded more than the minimum passing grade.
Where for reasons beyond their control, students are prevented from completing an assessment or suffer significant impairment, they may apply for what is known as “special consideration”. University of Canterbury Special Consideration provisions may apply to impaired performance, non-completion of assessment items, and to late discontinuation (withdrawal) from a course. A detailed description of special consideration and materials to support the applications process are available at: Special Considerations Process. Generally speaking, applications for special considerations should be lodged within five working days of the due date of that assessment item. For more details on this, please refer to the Special Considerations Regulations. This information replaces any previous references to special consideration, Aegrotat or Backdated (Late) Withdrawal in the Course Information System, Learn or Course Outlines. If you are unclear about the implications or process please discuss with your Course Coordinator or contact the Student Advice team for assistance.
As well as attending classes, it is essential that all students regularly access the course Learn site. All course information such as the course kaupapa, notices, assessment information, required and recommended readings, audio recordings of some lectures, and other teaching resources etc. will be available on this site.
Students will be expected to submit their assessment via the online assessment system in the Learn course site by 5.00pm on or before the due date. The lecturer will also ask students to submit assessment work through the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism. If this option is available students will submit work through Turnitin and obtain a report, after submitting assignments for marking via the Learn site. It is the responsibility of the students to check their Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system. Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated.For ICT help call our free call number 0508 UC IT HELP (0508 824 843) or on 03 369 5000. Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm (excluding public and university holidays).
Domestic fee $785.00
International fee $3,500.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
School of Teacher Education.