TECE358-19S2 (D) Semester Two 2019 (Distance)

The Early Childhood Context 2

15 points
15 Jul 2019 - 10 Nov 2019


This course covers the principles of learning and assessment; the planning, implementation and evaluation of activities which foster learning, and the assessment of learning in early childhood settings. Students will explore broader educational issues, particularly in relation to government policy on education in New Zealand and how this impacts on the role of the early childhood teacher. Students will continue to examine their role in providing curriculum experiences for infants, toddlers and young children.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

1. Plan, facilitate and critically evaluate holistic learning experiences for infants, toddlers and young children using Te Whariki as a guiding document

2. Critically examine principles of learning and  assessment

3. Critically reflect on play pedagogy that supports the learning and development of infants, toddlers and young children

4. Describe the political, theoretical and curricular bases for educational assessment practices  in New Zealand early childhood settings

5. Explain various purposes for assessment and the relationship between assessment practices and teaching and learning programmes

6. Critically examine the interpretation, use and reporting of assessment in early childhood settings

SEE http://www.education.canterbury.ac.nz/coursegroups/graddiptchlnec.shtml FOR FURTHER DETAILS


Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Intensive Block Course B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 13:00 - 17:00 Wheki 104 22 Jul - 28 Jul
Intensive Block Course C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 14:00 Wheki 105 22 Jul - 28 Jul

Timetable Note


Students enrolled in TECE358-19YA2(D) are required to attend a compulsory face-to-face On-site Intensive in Christchurch.

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

Course Coordinator

Lia de Vocht van Alphen


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
On-Line Contributions and Essay 13 Aug 2019 40%
Research Report 05 Nov 2019 60%

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 unacceptable to submit sections of work completed for one course as part of an assignment for another course.

Assessment and grading system

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.

Grade moderation

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.

Late submission of work

Work handed in after the due date with no extension granted is considered late. 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 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.


The student may be given the opportunity to resubmit an assessment to bring it to a passing standard.  Late assignments will not be considered for resubmission. You must attach the original assignment and original marking sheet to your resubmit. 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’.

The decision to grant a resubmission will be made by the course lecturer in consultation with the course coordinator and will be subject to the student concerned having demonstrated a satisfactory level of course attendance and participation.

Course website

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

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 (Moodle) 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 do not have broadband internet access, or who have unreliable 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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