Contexts & Challenges in ECE

    Course details

    • Code: TECE.9001
    • Fee: $1,487*
    • Level: 9
    • Credits: 30
    • EFTS: 0.25
    • Subject: Early Childhood
Study optionsFull-time
Time in class64 (approximate total hours)
Offered (indicative)Semester 1
LocationRotorua (Mokoia)
Pre-requisiteTECE.8001
Related programmes Master of Teaching Early Childhood Education;
Master of Teaching Early Childhood Education (Bilingual);

Course Aim

The whakatauki on which this course is based is “Ko tā te kaitiaki he aroarowhaki– Having the courage to take a stand”. Kaitiakitanga will be the underpinning concept for this course. Students will critically reflect on their cultural world‐views on a range of challenges and concepts including biculturalism, multiculturalism, inclusion, age, gender, additional needs, and implications for their practice as Early Childhood teachers in Aotearoa New Zealand. Students will analyse legislation, policy and issues of social justice in relation to advocacy for tamariki and their whānau, and the rights of the child to participate in decisions about their lives and learning. Students will also critique contextual influences on teaching and learning.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply the concept of Kaitiakitanga to their critical analysis of concepts and challenges around inclusion and critically reflect on the implications for their practice as ECE teachers.
  2. Critically analyse legislation and policies which inform teachers’ responsibilities as kaitiaki for tamariki and their whānau.
  3. Critically analyse contextual influences on teaching and learning in ECE.
  4. Investigate a range of challenges and issues of social justice facing early childhood kaiako, tamariki and whānau and evaluate a range of solutions.

*Course cost/fee: Indicative standard fee for New Zealand residents only. Fees for non-New Zealand residents will vary, visit the Programmes and Tuition Fees for International Students information page.

*Course cost/fee last updated 13-Dec-2016

Page last updated: 01 Sep 2017