The New Zealand Educational Context
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The paper provides an introduction to the contexts for learning, teaching and education in Aotearoa New Zealand from a variety of historical, philosophical, political and sociological perspectives. Students will explore knowledge and understanding of key historical, political and contemporary debates pertaining to education and the policies resulting from these. They will also examine philosophies and theories that shape the educational institutions in New Zealand, as well as cultural and economic changes that impact on the education of individuals and their families.
The paper will provide an examination of the nature and role of education as a major humanities and social science discipline. Bicultural, historical, philosophical and sociological perspectives will be applied to a broad spectrum of educational issues, activities and organisations. The cross-sector focus of the paper is specifically intended to offer insights for all students into the breadth of educational experiences, systems and pedagogies in Aotearoa New Zealand, to enhance their understandings of their interrelationships and influences.
This paper is presented as 1 weekly lecture for all students, and 1 weekly tutorial.
Note: there is no tutorial in the first week of semester.
Students will be required to use a range of academic reading modes, note taking, understanding of and critiquing educational policy, interpretation of graphs and statistics, and to use different forms of information as evidence to support and inform their academic writing.
There will be numerous opportunities to select readings and documents where these skills can be scaffolded, including librarian support, online moodle support, weekly tutorials and lectures (face to face, and occasionally also including online components).
Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:
1. Explain and comment critically on educational policies, ideas and process shaping educational contexts in Aotearoa New Zealand
2. Demonstrate an understanding of a range of philosophical ideas and theories that have influenced education policy and practice in Aotearoa New Zealand
3. Demonstrate an understanding of issues of equality of opportunity and social justice and how these have informed educational movements, policy and practice in Aotearoa New Zealand
4. Intepret and critique evidence, including graphs, statistics and other forms of information to support academic writing.
5. Show an understanding of education within the bicultural, multicultural, philosophical, political, economic and historical contexts of Aotearoa New Zealand
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, TW1
Graduating teacher standards of professional knowledge, professional practice, and professional values and relationships as outlined in the Graduating Teacher Standards: Aotearoa New Zealand
- Specific standards identified in this paper are standards 2a, 3a, 3cLinked to the following assessments:
Students must submit all assessment tasks and achieve an overall pass grade to successfully complete this paper:
1. Research Assignment 35%
2. Essay 40%
3. Group presentation and individual summary 25%
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. Researching a policy||
12 Aug 2019
|2. Letter to the Minister of Education||
16 Sep 2019
|3. Social issue presentation and reflection||
14 Oct 2019
Required and Recommended Readings*
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Restricted papers: PCSS101