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The course is designed to provide initial early childhood teacher education students with knowledge of inclusion and exclusion in early childhood education. The focus will be on knowledge of the cultures, policies and practices that contribute to the inclusion and exclusion of children and their families/whanau in early childhood education. It is important that students develop a critical awareness of the contested pedagogies and theoretical debates around inclusion in early childhood education within the social, historical, cultural and political context in New Zealand. Students will develop their understanding, knowledge and skills to ensure that all children and their families/whanau are included and supported in regular early childhood settings.
“How do early childhood education settings become places where everyone involved in them is able to say they feel they belong? What kinds of questions about inclusion, social justice, and equity might be contemporary for Aotearoa New Zealand early childhood teachers and their practice? When, how, and why might teachers intervene to address issues of injustice and exclusion that arise in the context of early childhood work?” (Gordon-Burns, Gunn, Surtees & Purdue, 2020, p. 1). These questions are at the heart of this course.
On the successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:1. Articulate the theoretical perspectives on the inclusion of all children and families in early childhood settings, including from an indigenous and counter colonial perspectives2. Locate and analyse current research related to inclusive practices in early childhood3. Interpret the international and national research with implications for teaching and learning in the early years
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
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.
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School of Educational Studies and Leadership