MR503 : Children and Families in Early Childhood Education

This course explores children, families and the contexts in which they live. You will explore a range of aspects that influence the values and beliefs that are held as important within diverse family constructs, as well as the profound effects those can have on the life experiences of children.   In this course, you will examine the ways culture and society shape relationships within families. A critical appraisal of literature, both from New Zealand and internationally, enables you to consider your own beliefs and values about children, their families and the wider community.  You will reflect on what family means to you, and in turn how your values shape your perspectives of family and the relationships that are formed within an early childhood education context.