This course builds on the sociological concepts introduced in Self in Society 1. It provides an in depth examination of the histories of early childhood services and the political, contested nature of the early childhood curriculum.
Cost20252024$902 NZ Domestic
Teaching weeks 18 weeks
Workload Approximately 12 hours per week
Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying
You will investigate debates around what knowledge is valued and why, including ways in which dominant values are enacted in curriculum. Debates are extended to multi-cultural perspectives and the issues and tensions for early childhood teachers when attempting to meet the needs and aspirations of pluralistic societies.
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to
- Examine the discourses and debates around the notion of quality in early childhood settings
- Discuss the impact of multiculturalism on a bicultural early childhood curriculum
- Demonstrate knowledge of the history, politics, key movements and people, who have contributed to the development of early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand
- Evaluate and compare the Aotearoa New Zealand early childhood curriculum with other approaches and models of educational curricula
- Outline the history and socio-political events leading to the development of the national early childhood curriculum Te Whariki in light of future directions for early childhood curricula.
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