EDUC0707 – Design Thinking and Co-creation in Education

Module code
Module title
Design Thinking and Co-creation in Education
To produce solutions to real-world early childhood education problems using design thinking and co-creation.
  • EF2005
NZQA Level
Level 7
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:
1. Justify and defend their own early childhood teaching practice through inquiry and design thinking within an educational context, informed by rigorous academic research.
2. Select and validate inquiry topics recognising the complex nature of early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand.
3. Implement and critically appraise how their teaching inquiry enhances positive learning outcomes for children within an early childhood education context.
• Unpacking the standards for the teaching profession and understanding the code of professional responsibility.
• Working in collaborative teams.
• Concepts of inquiry, design thinking, co-creation and human-centred design.
• Aspects of quality early childhood teaching practice and positive outcomes for learners.
• Te ao Maaori including practicing and developing meaningful use of te reo me nga tikanga Maaori in an early childhood education context
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Design Thinking; Co-creation; Project-based learning; Blended Learning; Work-integrated Learning; Inclusive Practices.
Assessment Criteria
The portfolio is comprised of multiple components. Students need to provide sufficient evidence against all learning outcomes and gain an overall mark of at least 50% in order to pass this module.
Learning and Teaching Resource
• Academic staff with relevant qualifications, knowledge and skills in early childhood education
• Specialist guest speakers
• Web enhancement
• Appropriate classroom
• Agreement with Field-based Practice placement to support student with their study commitments
• Face to face, Wananga, online, blended, self-directed, applied learning
Recommended Readings
Relevant required and recommended readings and resources will be updated annually prior to delivery of the module to ensure currency of the literature and resources. The annual required and recommended reading list will be provided to the students in Bachelor of Teaching (Early Years) annual Booklist and Student Module Booklet.