TECE357-19YB1 (D) Year B First Half 2019 (Distance)

The Early Childhood Context 1

15 points
28 Jan 2019 - 30 Jun 2019


Early Childhood teachers have a responsibility to foster ongoing and diverse learning pathways for children. This course will enable students to provide inclusive early childhood education, and to partner with family/whanau in the education and care of infants, toddlers and young children. Students will explore curriculum theory and practice and will examine their role in providing curriculum experiences. Students will also investigate issues in Early Childhood Education and paradigms of childhood.

Learning Outcomes

  • Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of paradigms of childhood
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the structures, complexity and diversity of families in New Zealand
  • Demonstrate an understanding of curriculum theory as it relates to early childhood settings
  • Examine the teacher’s role in providing curriculum experiences for infants, toddlers and young children
  • Critically reflect on the meaning of working in partnership with family/whanau in the education of infants, toddlers and young children
  • Demonstrate knowledge of teaching practices which promote and support the inclusion of all children and their families in early childhood settings

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Intensive Block Course A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00 Rehua 101 Lectorial 28 Jan - 3 Feb
Intensive Block Course B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 15:00 Rehua 529 4 Feb - 10 Feb
Intensive Block Course C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 17:00 West 505 29 Apr - 5 May

Timetable Note



Any costs, including travel, accommodation, childcare etc, associated with attendance at the On-site Intensive are met by the student.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Michelle Clarke


Benita Rarere-Briggs


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essay 14 Mar 2019 50%
Quiz 23 May 2019 50%


Required Texts

Dreaver, Kate. et al; Kei tua o te pae :assessment for learning : early childhood exemplars; Published for the Ministry of Education by Learning Media, 2004.

Kei Tua a te pae is available electroncially and is free of charge

TECE357 contributes to the following NZTC graduating Teacher Standards:
Standard 1a, 1b, 1c, `1d, 2d, 3a, 4a, 4b, 4e, 6a, 6b, 6c, 6d, 7b, 7d

Course readings book available on LEARN

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

Students display academic integrity when they submit for assessment work that is their own. When this is not the case, the students are engaging in cheating or dishonest practices. 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. It is also inappropriate to submit sections of work completed for one course as part of an assignment for another course.

Assessment and grading system

The assessments are graded against the University scale A+ to E. Satisfactory completion of each piece of assessment to at least a C- grade is required in order to pass the course. All assignments must be submitted.

Grading Scale
Grade    GPA Value        Marks

A+              9            90 – 100
A                8            85 – 89.99
A-               7            80 – 84.99
B+              6            75 – 79.99
B                5            70 – 74.99
B-               4            65 – 69.99
C+              3            60 – 64.99
C                2            55 – 59.99
C-               1            50 – 54.99
D                0            40 – 49.99
E               -1             0 – 39.99

A Pass is 50 marks or over


Distance students are expected to attend class sessions during any compulsory On-site Intensive (OSI).  Students must also participate in the course sufficiently via Learn to meet the learning outcomes.

Late submission of work

Assignments submitted by drop-box after the due date, with no extension granted, are considered 'late'.
Please refer to the Assessment Guidelines for Students. 'Late' work will be accepted up to one week after the due date. The highest grade a 'late' assignment can achieve is a C-. Lecturers reserve the right not to mark late work, and no work will be accepted after the assignments have been returned to students.

Requests for extensions

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 working 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 course coordinator to make a decision about whether or not to grant an extension. 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.


If work meets most of the criteria required to pass, the student may be given the opportunity to resubmit an assessment to bring it to a passing standard. Resubmissions are restricted to work that is originally submitted on or before the due date or extension date due. Late assignments will not be considered for resubmission. A resubmitted assignment that meets requirements will be awarded a minimum passing grade. A resubmitted assignment that does not meet the passing standard will be awarded a ‘D’.

Special consideration of assessment items

Students may apply for special consideration if their performance in an assessment is affected by extenuating circumstances beyond their control, where:
(a)  they have suffered an acute illness, injury, or other reasonably unforeseeable circumstances:
i.    which has prevented them from completing any major item(s) of work for assessment in a course; or
ii.   which has impaired their performance (including by interruption of pre-assessment revision) to the extent that the result(s) are likely to underestimate their true and evidenced level of mastery of the material in the course;
i.    they have been selected to perform, compete, adjudicate, or officiate as a national sporting representative at national or international competitions; or
ii.   they are members of a national cultural group on tour nationally or internationally.
Please note that applications must be supported by evidence.  Further details are available at the above link.

Applications for special consideration should be submitted via the Examinations Office website http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/ within five days of the assessment.

Where an extension may be granted for an assessment, this will be decided by direct application to the Course Co-ordinator and an application to the Examinations Office may not be required.

Special consideration is not available for items worth less than 10% of the course and may not be available for some other items of assessment as specified in Course Outlines.  (Refer to specific Course Outlines for this information.)

Students prevented by extenuating circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for special consideration for late discontinuation of the course. Applications must be submitted to the Examinations Office within five days of the end of the main examination period for the semester.

NB: 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 and Programme Office for assistance.

Where to submit and collect work

Students will be expected to submit their assessments via the online assessment system in the Learn class site by 5.00pm on or before the due date. The lecturer may 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. (Students who have unreliable internet access are advised to attend to this early in the course to prevent last minute pressures).

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)

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $761.00

International fee $3,188.00

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

For further information see School of Teacher Education.

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  • TECE357-19YB1 (D) Year B First Half 2019 (Distance)