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This course will examine the histories, policies and research, which have contributed to the current contexts and practices within early years education (including early childhood education and the early school years) in Aotearoa New Zealand, and in international contexts.
*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:1. Critically review the historical construction of early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand, and to identify the international influences in its development.2. Identify current policies and practices in early childhood education which impact on: children’s learning outcomes, teachers’ experiences and family/whānau support.3. Evaluate research in the early years and its impact and role in constructing early years education.4. Independently pursue a small investigative study on a topic relevant to the broad themes of the course.
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.
ON-SITE INTENSIVEStudents enrolled in TEDU305-23YC1(D) are required to attend a compulsory face-to-face session at an On-Site Intensive (OSI) in Christchurch. Any costs, including travel, accommodation, childcare etc. associated with attendance at the On-Site Intensive are met by the student.
Course readings will be made available via LEARN
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 Educational Studies and Leadership