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.
Cost2024$902 NZ Domestic2025
Teaching weeks 18 weeks
Workload Approximately 12 hours per week
Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying
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.
Computer and internet requirements
To complete this course you will need access to a laptop or desktop computer, reliable broadband internet connection and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content, and writing and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.
How to enrol
Before enrolling in this course you need to:
- choose the qualification you will study the course under
- check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses and apply tab on the qualification page.
Course availability over the next 12 months