EC505 : Socio-cultural Assessment, Planning and Teaching

This course focusses on the importance of a sociocultural approach to teaching and learning. The planning process is examined, with a particular emphasis on assessment, evaluation, and reflection for guiding children’s ongoing learning. The importance of documenting, interpreting and analysing the combined views of early childhood teachers, family/whānau and children for assessment purposes is explored in-depth. This course also extends your knowledge of Te Whāriki (Ministry of Education, 2017), the early childhood curriculum document of New Zealand. Links to the principles of Te Whāriki will be identified, specifically in relation to the ways sociocultural planning and assessment can empower children in their learning, and support continuity of learning and connections to family/whānau and community. Theories of teaching and learning, including that of an emergent curriculum are examined and applied throughout this course.