Te Whariki in Action: Belonging and Contribution
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Students in this paper will develop an understanding of the ways in which early childhood teachers can facilitate children's, families' and teachers' sense of belonging and contribution within the social and cultural milieu of the ECE setting and beyond. An overview of theories and research relating to the social and cultural wellbeing of infants, toddlers and young children will prepare students to inform and articulate their understanding. Students' personal and professional cultural identity as a teacher will be examined as an important grounding for working with and across diversity.
This paper provides opportunities for students to develop the skills, attributes, and knowledge related to the University of Waikato, Division of Education Bachelor of Teaching graduate profile, and the academic rationale and goals for its teacher education programmes, particularly those that relate to the purposes, principles, practices and issues of the professional educator.
Students in this paper also develop:
- Standards for the teaching profession: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 4.6, 5.2, 5.3, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.5
- Cultural competencies of wānanga, whānaungatanga, tangata whenuatanga, manaakitanga and ako, as outlined in Tātaiako: Cultural competencies for teachers of Māori learners. Specific competencies addressed in this paper are W1, W2, W3, W4, WH1, WH3, WH4, WH5, T1, T2, T3, T4, M1, M2, M4, M5, A1, A2, A3, and A4.
This paper is taught between July and October (weeks 29-42) and teaching will be blended - with a mix of face-to-face and online classes. The University is mindful that some students may not be able to attend classes in person in B trimester. Therefore, wherever possible face-to-face contact will be simulated using Zoom for students who are not available to come on campus. Students will also have the option of accessing a recording if they are not able to join in at the scheduled time.
Class interaction will involve interactive sessions and discussion forums in Moodle, the Learning Management System used at the University of Waikato. A number of texts, required readings and audiovisual resources will be used to expand on the issues related to belonging and contributions in early childhood education settings in this paper.
Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:
Linked to the following assessments:
articulate an understanding of a range of social and pedagogical theories in relation to belonging and contribution in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand;
develop a range of effective strategies for facilitating children's social competence;
critically reflect on their own developing teacher identity;
identify and articulate the impact of their beliefs and practices on children's and families' sense of belonging; and
demonstrate a practical application of planning for and implementing equitable and inclusive environments.
Students must complete and submit all assessments in the manner specified to achieve a pass grade.
|Assessment Type||Weighting||Total non-contact time||Link to Learning Outcomes|
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.
Error: Assessment components must add up to 100%
At least one Assessment Component needs to be entered
|Component Description||Due Date||Time||Percentage of overall mark||Submission Method||Compulsory|
|1. Assignment 1: Personal narrative essay||
10 Aug 2020
|2. Assignment 2: Positive Guidance Policy||
7 Sep 2020
|3. Assignment 3, Part A: Advocacy presentation||
8 Oct 2020
No set time
|4. Assignment 3, Part B: Self- and peer-assessment||
Required and Recommended Readings*
Linkages to Other Papers*
Prerequisite papers: 60 points at 100 level in the Bachelor of Teaching programme.