Learning, Development and Culture 2

Course code 75202

In this course you will examine the contextualised nature of learning and development and the socio-political contexts in which key theories foundational to early childhood education were formed. You will also learn to analyse the impact of differing abilities, home situations, socio-economic backgrounds, and linguistic and cultural diversities on young children’s enculturation. There is a focus on teaching strategies and approaches to support children’s home languages and cultures in multi-cultural early childhood settings.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 6  
    Credits 20 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.1667  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 enrol by 5 Feb 2019 to start 18 Feb 2019
    Trimester 2 enrol by 24 Jun 2019 to start 8 Jul 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 & 2 2019 Online/Print   
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $830 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students N/A + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites    

    If you need to discuss prerequisites for this course contact us

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • Examine and critique the historical, cultural, social and political contexts in which key development theories informing early childhood education were formed 
  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge of socio-cultural approaches and concepts in relation to the learning, socialisation and enculturation of young children
  • Discuss in depth theoretical approaches and strategies for working with children with differing abilities and from a range of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of language acquisition including the maintenance of cultural heritages
  • Discuss in depth the role of family, culture and community in early language acquisition and the implications of linguistic and cultural diversity for early childhood education.


This course is 100% internally assessed


There is a textbook required for this course. Visit our textbook page for more information.

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