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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.
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).
Domestic fee $821.00
International fee $3,750.00
* 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