TEACH203-22B (HAM)

Te Whariki in Action: Pedagogies for the first 1000 days

15 Points

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Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education


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Paper Description

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This paper focuses attention on curriculum and pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning with infants and toddlers from birth to three years.

The objectives of this paper are to help students to:

(a) understand the key characteristics of infants and toddlers, and consider what their education and care involves in early childhood education settings

(b) critically reflect on the role of the teacher when working with infants and toddlers, and their families/whānau

This paper provides further opportunities for students to develop the skills, attributes and knowledge that relate to: building positive relationships and working collaboratively with children, families/whanau and colleagues; performing confidently in early childhood education settings; and beginning to systematically and critically engaging with evidence to reflect on and refine their professional practice of teaching. Students completing this paper also develop:

  • Standards for the Teaching Profession: 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.6, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5.
  • Cultural competencies of wananga, whanaungatanga, tangata whenuatanga, manaakitanga and ako as outlined in Tataiako: Cultural competencies for teachers of Maori learners. Specific competencies addressed in this paper are: W1, W2, W4, WH1, M1, M2, M3, M4, TW1, A2, A3, A4.
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Paper Structure

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The paper is taught in B trimester in weekly three hour face-to-face classes. Classes will involve interactive sessions and be supported by content available in Moodle, the Learning Management System used at the University of Waikato and in the Reading List.

A number of texts, required readings and audio visual resources will be used to expand on the issues related to infants and toddlers in early childhood education settings in this paper.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Learning Outcomes
    • demonstrate an in-depth understanding of theoretical, pedagogical and philosophical research relating to effective learning and teaching of infants and toddlers in the NZ ECE context
    • identify quality features of infant and toddler pedagogy in relation to the role of the teacher and the environment
    • draw on contemporary literature and real-world experience to demonstrate a reflective, evidence-based understanding of the role of the early childhood teacher in supporting the learning and development of under three-year-olds, and their families.
    • demonstrate an applied understanding of the ways in which relationships are played out in, and impact on, infant and toddler learning.
    Linked to the following assessments:
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Assignment Weighting Learning Outcomes StandardsTātaiako
Assignment 1: Essay
33%Learning Outcomes 2, 31.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 4.1, 4.6, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5.WH1, W1, W2, W4, M1, M2, M3, M4, TW1, A2, A3, A4.
Assignment 2: Pamphlet on play for parents
33%Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 41.1, 3.1, 3.4, 5.3, 5.4, WH1,TW1,M1, M2, M3, M4,
Assignment 3: Video analysis: Interactions and routines with Under threes
34%Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 41.1, 3.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5.WH1, W1, W2, W4, M1, M2, M3, M4, TW1, A2, A3, A4.
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Assessment Components

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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.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assignment 1: Essay
14 Aug 2022
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Assignment 2: Pamphlet on play for parents
18 Sep 2022
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Assignment 3: Video analysis
9 Oct 2022
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Brownlee, P. (2015). Dance with me in the heart: The adults' guide to great infant-parent partnerships (revised edition). Playcentre Publications.

Christie, T. (2011). Respect:A practitioner’s guide to calm and nurturing care and education. Childspace Early Childhood Institute, or:

Christie, T. (2021). Respect and relationships. Childspace Early Childhood Institute.

Ministry of Education. (2004). Assessment for infants and toddlers (Book 8). Kei tua o te pae: Assessment for learning: Early childhood exemplars. Learning Media.

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Recommended Readings

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Other readings, some optional and some required, are available electronically via the Reading List for TEACH203. You can access these via the Reading List tab on Moodle or via the Reading Lists tab on the library homepage (https://www.waikato.ac.nz/library/ (https://www.waikato.ac.nz/library/)

The First Years Ngā Tau Tuatahi: New Zealand Journal of Infant and Toddler Education – Copies available in class or on loan from The University of Waikato library

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Other Resources

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Other resources, some optional and some required, will be made available electronically via the Moodle page for this paper
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Online Support

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This paper is supported by an online Moodle site. Notices will be distributed through this site, and all assignments (except in class presentations) must be submitted through the site.

Each week the site will be updated with information about the week’s tutorial and any relevant information. You should check the class Moodle site on a regular basis.

Online web address: http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz/ or you can click on the Moodle link on the university home page.

You can use the online website for general questions, for giving feedback on how things are going, and for contacting your tutor. Any issues can be discussed with your tutor or the paper convenor through the Private Conversation forum on the Moodle site.

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This is a Level 2 paper worth 15 points towards your degree and University regulations stipulate an expected total workload of 150 hours. Students should engage with weekly tutorials and weekly discussions leaving an average expectation of 8 hours of 'out­-of­-class' work per week (for organisation of notes, additional reading, preparation of assignments, etc). Keep these expectations in mind, and organise your study time effectively.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite papers: 60 points at 100 level in the Bachelor of Teaching programme.




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